SABER – The Ugly American: Solo Exhibition (London)

A heads up for those in London, nothing Brazil related, but an exhibition that I would have made an effort to go and see if I was there.  The solo exhibition by Californian graffiti artist Saber, starts today on 10th January. It was originally shown in Newcastle in 2013 and is back by popular demand.


WHAT:  Saber’s exhibition features a wide range of paintings, created with his signature technique of blending unforgiving aerosol art with exquisite abstractions in charcoal and oil.

The works aim to be an aesthetic reflection on American society, just like the 1963 movie The Ugly American starring Marlon Brando. “I come from this culture that’s so self-centered and self-preserved, and I want to expose the cracks in it”, says the outspoken artist. Come and see for yourself: as Brando himself would say, “It’s an offer you can’t refuse”.

WHO:  Describing himself as “a graffiti artist and painter”, Saber came   into the world during 1976 in Southern California. Over more  than a month of working constantly in 1997, he plastered the world’s  largest  piece of artistic vandalism upon the famously brutalist banks of the Los Angeles river.  It was his name, larger than 250 feet by 50 feet. Over a decade later in  2009 the piece was “buffed” over by US army engineers in an initiative funded by US federal stimulus money. Saber visited   the site and urged the authorities that he’d do it himself  rather than waste public money: “I turned up with the official colour paint  and everything, but they just called the cops.”          saber-2

WHERE: The Outsiders, 8 Greek Street, Soho, London. W1D 4DG  (Telephone: +44 (0)203 214 0055/66

WHEN: Friday January 10th  until Saturday February 15th

For more info: check out the official Press Release here.

Here is a nice bonus video interviewing Saber about his work and artistic process:


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