Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have heard of Banksy, the graffiti artist of unknown identity who has traveled all over the world to make political and socially impactful street art. Ever since the rise of Banksy, street art and street artists are no longer a subgroup of the art world but rather a well-respected part of the art world with collectors clamoring to buy their works and galleries representing these artists (keeping their identities under wraps, of course).
It is only natural that street art would find itself in the same arena as most contemporary art and music, wanting to be displayed in a public celebratory environment such as a fair or festival. The city of Long Beach has cultivated a week long festival for street art that will feature large scale mural installations. POW! WOW! Long Beach began last year and was inspired by the festival of the same name in Hawaii. The event includes live installations and artist talks. Artists included are: Sean “Hula” Yoro, Felipe Pantone, Cinta Vidal Agulló, Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann, Andrew Hem and Brendan Monroe.
The week long festivities end with the opening of a new exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art titled: Vitality & Verve: In The Third Dimension which will feature multi-media installations that immerse visitors. For a little bit of inspiration, we’ve put together a few of the inspiring murals that were presented at last year’s POW! WOW! Long Beach.