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Street Art – From Vandalism to Gentrification
Speaker(s): Alex Benrimon, Anthony Haden-Guest, Gracie Mansion, Joseph Ficalora
Recorded at: CONTEXT Art Miami 2015

Street Art – From Vandalism to Gentrification

The original street artists were chased by the police, now they are celebrated in museums, and even used as a way to promote neighborhoods. What does that mean for collectors?

Talk Details

The panel members include:

  • Alex Benrimon, Director of Sales, David Benrimon Fine Art
  • Anthony Haden-Guest, writer and art critic
  • Joseph Ficalora, founder and curator of The Bushwick Collective

Speaker Details


Anthony Haden-Guest

Anthony Haden-Guest is a writer, reporter, cartoonist and performer. He was born in Paris, grew up on London and lives in New York. His books include True Colors: The Real Life of the Art World, The Last Party: Studio 54, Disco and the Culture of the Night, and two books of cartoons and rhymes, The Chronicles of Now and In The Mean Time.


Joseph Ficalora

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Joseph Ficalora founded the Bushwick Collective, a community of artists who have transformed a large section of the already busy and colorful Bushwick neighborhood into vibrant work of urban art.


Alex Benrimon

Alex Benrimon is the Director of Sales at David Benrimon Fine Art. He previously worked at Artnet Auctions as a specialist in the Prints & Multiples department, with a focus on Pop and Urban art. He has expanded on this skill set at DBFA, by growing private sales in Post War & Contemporary Art.

Gracie Mansion

Gracie Mansion has over 20 years of extensive experience in all aspects of the art market, specializing in Modern and Contemporary Art. She has lectured and participated in panels at museums and universities in the United States and Europe. As an independent curator and consultant to private collectors, corporations, and museums, she has advised her clients on acquisitions and assisted them in the development of their art collections. She opened her eponymous gallery in the East Village of New York City in 1982, later moving to SoHo, and then to Chelsea, before closing in 2002 to concentrate on private dealing and the secondary art market.​

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