Concrete to Canvas: A Grand Opening Weekend
WCC HOSTS DUAL CITY STREET ART & GRAFFITI SHOW IN AUSTIN AND NEW YORK CITY
West Chelsea Contemporary kicked off its 2nd annual mega exhibition, Concrete to Canvas, with a dual opening night event at the Austin flagship and its new gallery in New York. Concrete to Canvas is the gallery’s most comprehensive and large-scale exhibition of Graffiti and Street Art to date, featuring works from graffiti and street art legends Banksy, Richard Hambleton, Blek le Rat, RISK, Mr. Brainwash, PhoebeNewYork, Mila Sketch, LadyPink, Cey Adams, and more.
With attendees from all corners of the world, the Austin and New York galleries welcomed art lovers, collectors, and featured artists in both cities for a soirée to celebrate the pivotal graffiti and street art movements that have indelibly influenced not only new media, design, film, music, and fashion, but rocked the worlds of fine and contemporary art as well.
Concrete to Canvas Opening Night: Austin
The Downtown Austin gallery celebrated its 1st anniversary with the WCC art community in full feather. In addition to works by graffiti and street art legends on display, the gallery shined a spotlight on local Austin artists Zuzu and Sloke for the WCC On the Wall Curation, along with a live painting demo by Bill Tavis. An interactive Texas-and-underground-punk-music cardboard installation by Bill Barminski delighted the crowd, complete with a cardboard boom box, Lone Star cans, Dr. Pepper bottles, and vinyl record covers. Libations by Desert Door Cocktails and Two Robbers Seltzer and charcuterie cones by Spread & Co kept the crowd energized.
Concrete to Canvas Opening Night: New York
West Chelsea Contemporary opened its New York gallery doors for the first time, warmly welcoming art collectors, and art lovers from all over the world. Guests sipped on Bombay Bramble75 cocktails and Bombay Sapphire Gin & Tonics, and mingled in the company of Concrete to Canvas artists Cey Adams, LadyPink, PhoebeNewYork, Mila Sketch, and Charlie Ahearn, as well as art and film industry notables David Koh, Eli Morgan Gesner, Steve Carr, Carlo McCormick, Gary Lichtenstein, Eric Orr, and Paolo Galli Zugaro.