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Thursday, May 9 2013
Thanks to the mainstreaming of street art, it's easy to lose sight of the earlier generation of global pioneers who laid the movement's foundations. Studio City's Fabien Castanier Gallery is aiming to fix that, presenting French urban-art icon Speedy Graphito in his second show with the gallery -- and his first as an official, newly minted American. Despite having three decades of progressive, game-changing art making under his chapeau, Speedy, like so many artists, felt drawn to L.A. and moved mountains to live and work here. To create this show, "NEWWORLDS," he gave himself over to the lines, light, rhythms, pop culture and sugary, polychrome beauty of his adopted hometown, creating all the work in the show from his new L.A. studio. The results include paintings, sculptures and what the gallery calls "an immersive experience" that speaks directly to the evolving language of the global digital media stream we call modern life. Not that the show is unconditionally a fan of the chaos; there is always a level of satire and send-up in Speedy's treatments. But then again, you're not really a true Angeleno until you've first aspired to, then loved, then hated, then finally loved L.A. again. If this fraught, fancy, edgy and accomplished work is any indication, Speedy is home. Fabien Castanier Gallery. 12196 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; Sat., May 11, 7-10 p.m.; free. Show runs Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; through June 8. (818) 748-6014, castaniergallery.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: May 11. Continues through June 8, 2013
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