Jonathan LeVine Gallery in association with Choque Cultural Gallery is pleased to present Two-Way Street, a group exhibition featuring work by four Brazilian street artists: Alexandre Tadeu Alves (aka Chivitz), João Paulo (aka NOVE), Márcio Penha (aka Presto) and Ramon Martins, in what will be their debut exhibition in New York.
Two-Way Street is the latest installment in what has been an ongoing cross-cultural dialog between Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York and Choque Cultural in São Paulo, Brazil. Work by the four artists in this show represent the new generation of street art coming out of São Paulo today, as these artists are younger than those who have previously exhibited here in the US.
The conversation that began in 2007 with Ruas de São Paulo: A Survey of Brazilian Street Art, has continued in the years since, as Jonathan LeVine Gallery has presented solo exhibitions for Brazilian artists Stephan Doitschinoff (aka Calma), Hamilton Yokota (aka Titi Freak), and Vitche in New York, while exhibitions at Choque Cultural have included a solo exhibition of works by Tara McPherson, a two-person show of works by Gary Baseman and Josh Agle (aka Shag) as well as group shows featuring numerous artists from LeVine’s roster.
In December of 2009, Choque Cultural curated an impressive program at MASP art museum (Museu de Arte de São Paulo), with a tremendous installation of work by some of the city’s street artists within the prestigious institutional setting. Baixo Ribeiro, one of Choque’s directors said, “MASP invited us to bring our work to a larger audience. The six participating artists created an environment with a lot of visual ‘volume’ with nearly 100% of the place painted in massive doses of aerosol, acrylic and other materials.” The exhibition was a record success, receiving 135,000 visitors in a period of 10 weeks.