This summer, Artists Republic Gallery comes together with Hexagon Gallery and Elephants & Castles to showcase Pageant of the Vandals— a group exhibition highlighting Contemporary Street Art.
The exhibition centers around the display of the iconic Banksy Haight Street Rat. Banksy originally tagged the rat on the side of a bed and breakfast in San Fransisco in 2010 in conjunction with the release of his documentary film, Exit Through The Gift Shop. After being notified about the removal of the Banksy tag, Brian Greif worked with owners of the building to take off the redwood planks and preserve the image. For Banksy, it’s very common for his tags to be painted over or sold in galleries for profit… the Haight Street Rat has been preserved to travel the country for the public to see instead of going into a private collection.
Showing alongside the Banksy rat, Elephants & Castles, Hexagon Gallery, and Artists Republic Gallery are curating a group exhibition with renowned street artists including Ben Eine, Zio Ziegler, Jeff Gillette, Chad Hasegawa, Lucy Sparrow, Ella Sadkin, Jack Fox, Beau Stanton and more. Works will be rotated every three weeks, allowing various of artists to showcase alongside Banksy to emphasize the significance of working street artists in Contemporary Art.
Artists Republic is thrilled to host an iconic piece and a show unlike any other in Orange County. Pageant of the Vandals and the corresponding special events are made possible with the generous support of our friends at Vans and Smart Levels Media.
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