Helenbeck Gallery curators and twin sisters Chantal and Brigitte Helenbeck have a distinct love for the French Revolution and contemporary art. So much so that they’ve decked out their galleries, based in New York and Paris, in certified antique Louis XIV furniture, crystal chandeliers, and the most radical graffiti works. This play on eras in Whole in the Wall: 1970–Now examines graffiti through this very comprehensive and traveling retrospective, from the local street-art pioneers of the ’70s and ’80s (Blade, Crash, Daze, Jonone, Quik, Lee Quinones, Rammellzee, and Sharp) to their contemporary European counterparts (Victor Ash, Banksy, Blek le Rat, Ikon, Sozy One. and sculptor Plateus). The group show also has photography pieces by Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant, (both of whom, incidentally, will be speaking at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn on June 11), Jamel Shabazz, and Silvio Magaglio.
June 16-27, 2009