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Gallery 38 brings Cornbread, the godfather of graffiti, for his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles with a slew of VIP programming slated around...

Gallery 38 brings Cornbread, the godfather of graffiti, for his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles with a slew of VIP programming slated around the exhibit retrospective which will feature original works, a Graffiti Art Tour with Cartwheel Art Tours, hosted by Cornbread and Steve Grody and a very special Art Talk hosted by Street Art Professor Jim Daichendt.

Born 1953 in North Philadelphia as Darryl McCray, Cornbread used his troubled neighborhood and precocious personality as springboards to becoming the youngest artist to stir a worldwide movement: graffiti. Cornbread’s unflinching desire for recognition motivated him to utilize graffiti as an expression. In contrast to tagging’s prior use as marking specific territory, Cornbread wrote his name all over Philadelphia to showcase no one neighborhood is enough for an artist.

Gallery 38 will be bringing Cornbread to Los Angeles for his first solo exhibition. He has partnered with some of today’s artists like Moncho1929, Lucas Raynaud, Johnny Brushstrokes, Oogum Vision, and others to recreate the past and pass the torch for the future. Since the 1960s, Cornbread has been influencing street art and graffiti culture. It began with writing on school walls to grab a girl’s attention and grew into marking an elephant at the Philadelphia Zoo and the Jackson 5 airplane to earn national fame. From there, Cornbread’s influence spread everywhere, inspiring artists from LA to Berlin.

Join us for a very special Cartwheel Art Tours graffiti tour with Steve Grody, presented by Gallery 38 and Art Above Reality with Cornbread. It is on this tour where in addition to learning about graffiti lettering and styles from Steve Grody, historian, and author of Graffiti LA, you will meet the first Philadelphia graffiti writer, Cornbread who will offer us the opportunity to learn about graffiti from his perspective, as well as experience his work as part of the tour at Gallery 38.

The tour will begin at Gallery 38, where we will view some of the outside murals recently painted. From there we will hop on an air-conditioned bus, making stops at The Graff Labs and in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. The route will include viewing the work of graffiti artists in numerous yards such as Saber and Zes. members of MSK/AWR Crew, K2S Crew, Moncho 1929, Knowledge Bennett, MDMN along with many others. In addition, special guest artists will describe their crew’s work while visiting their murals. We will end back at Gallery 38, where we will receive a special walk-thru of Cornbread’s exhibition which is Cornbread’s first exhibition. Check out the Gallery 38’s website to learn more about the exhibition here.

James Daichendt, Ed.D. is Associate Dean and Professor of Art History at Azusa Pacific University in southern California. He is the author of Shepard Fairey Inc., Artist/Professional/Vandal; Stay Up! Los Angeles Street Art; Artist-Teacher: A Philosophy for Creating and Teaching; and Artist Scholar: Reflections on Writing and Research. He is currently writing the official biography of artist Kenny Scharf.

Street Art has exploded as a creative outlet and progressed from a counter-culture movement based in graffiti in previous decades to a legitimate business platform in design, fashion, film, publishing, and art. The enthusiasm, availability, and mysterious aspects of some of its biggest proponents only fuel the general interest in this dynamic and important art form. Welcome to the world of street art!

Badir McCleary Editor in Chief

Badir McCleary is an independent consultant. He holds a M.A. in Arts Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art (Los Angeles/London) where he focused on creating art markets and with an undergraduate degree in Internet Computing from Cabrini University focusing on e-commerce and digital trends. Badir enjoys working with artists and consider them crucial to informing his practice.

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