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Before “street art” was given it’s name; before artists like Barry McGee and Shepard Fairey were talked about around the dinner table, there was a group of artists influenced by skateboard graphics, graffiti, and the like. Before these individuals had the option of showing in New York or in any one of a number of Culver City “lowbrow” art galleries, there was New Image Art Gallery, run by the infamously incomparable Marsea Goldberg. These artists found their orbit, and New Image was their sun. 15 years later, Marsea is known for an eye that never fails and a passion that won’t quit. It’s easy to take a lot of the art, the community, and the progress of this genre for granted. But make no mistake, without New Image and Marsea, this point in time wouldn’t shine nearly so bright.

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Laugh today cry mañana, 2008, Graphite on paper, 92"x42"

Laugh today cry mañana, 2008, Graphite on paper, 92"x42"

When I was at Miami Art Basel this past December, I stopped by the Western Project room at the Aqua Fair and stumbled into this masterful work on paper by San Antonio, TX born artist Vincent Valdez. Seeing it on your computer screen doesn’t give you a good sense of it’s size and proportion so I’m including a picture of me standing next to the piece which you can check out after the jump. You’ll also want to take a peek at his piece, “Death of the prize fighter”, which follows. (more…)

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