Exhibition: Street Art – Contemporary Prints from the V&A, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, October 9 2010 – January 16 2011
© Paul Insect
In a coup for the ever-impressive Herbert, the Coventry centre has become the first venue to host the Victoria and Albert Museum's Street Art show, celebrating the constantly evolving art form across buildings, bus shelters and hoardings.
Heroes of the UK scene are all involved, from Tank Girl and Gorillaz co-curator Jamie Hewlett to Banksy and Shepard Fairey, Sickboy, Pure Evil and D*Face.
The original curatorial vision for the show focuses on the referencing of traditional genres within street art, such as portraiture, pop art, Andy Warhol stencils, cave drawings, political tagging and psychedelia.
The Herbert adds a twist to this by inviting six emerging UK artists to decorate a set of white walls in Gallery 1, where Fresh Paint lures viewers to smell every dab of paint.
Galleries 2 and 3 are taken over by Mohammed Ali, a Birmingham-based graffiti artist who has coined his art as "AerosolArabic", merging urban graffiti with Arabic Islamic calligraphy.
His Breaking Down the Wall display comprises spraypaint canvasses and video projections among work taking themes of freedom, justice and equality, following the concerns of his 15-year career.
© Lucy McLauchlan