Spank the Monkey

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Spank the Monkey

27 September - 7 January 2007

This exhibition will be the first serious international examination of urban and suburban art bridging the gap between the street and the traditional art space. With strong links to graphic design, graffiti, manga comics, skate boarding and surfing this group show includes artists based in urban centres across the world. Work will also be seen outside BALTIC with large-scale public interventions in both Gateshead and Newcastle.

Including: Chiho Aoshima, Banksy, Dzine, Dr. Lakra, FAILE, Freaks Gallery, Shepard Fairey, Groovisions, Invader, Kozyndan, Barry Mcgee, Ryan Mcginness, Takashi Murakami, Miss Van, Neasden Control Centre, Os Gemeos, David Shrigley, Natasha Struchkova, Swoon, Aya Takano, Ed Templeton,Yasumasa Yonehara.

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Gateshead Quays
South Shore Road
Gateshead NE8 3BA UK
Tel: +44 (0)191 478 1810 Fax: +44 (0)191 478 1922 Text phone: +44(0)191 440 4944


"Dan Flores and I left LA with four suitcases full of posters on Sat. Sept. 23 and arrived in Newcastle at 7PM the following evening. We went straight to the museum and began working on a 70 foot by 14.5 foot installation. Over the next 2 days we slept a total of 6 hours and it was only on the day of the opening, when we had time for an afternoon nap, that I realized I did not know where the hotel light switch was because I had not yet been there at night. Somehow we managed to squeeze in a couple 10x20 foot installs at subway stations too. We then did a couple of days in London including an in-store. We did a lot more bombing I did not get flicks of. It was a productive trip. Thanks for being a trooper Dan." - Shepard

From the excellent Supertouch Blog, a project of Jaime O'Shea, former editor of Juxtapoz magazine:

The trend of large-scale street art shows (with the obligatory indoor halfpipe) displayed in major cultural institutions seems to be the zeitgeist of the moment. One such show, “SPANK THE MONKEY,” did not disappoint when it opened at the Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art outside London at the end of last month. While we can’t say the show’s title does much for us (or the show, for that matter) an all-star artist lineup including Banksy, Barry McGee, Faile, Os Gemeos, Ed Templeton, Miss Van, Invader, Dzine, Ed Templeton, Shepard Fairey, Ryan McGinness, Takashi Murakami, Chiho Aoshima, and Kozyndan, to name a few, ensured that the gig was a must-see event. What makes the show so interesting is not just the artist roster but the scope of the event itself. Breaking out of the confines of the institution, “Spank” continued on the streets of nearby Gateshead and Newcastle with beautiful geurilla art installations on city walls & in tube stations, allowing the general public to interact with the show on a daily basis…

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