Mr. “A” Andre Exhibition in Paris

The New York Times reports on how French graffiti / street artist “Andre,” who is known for his character Monsieur “A” (or Mr. “A”), is exhibiting another body of his visual work with an indoor gallery show at the influential clothing-culture shop Collette on Rue de St. Honore in Paris, France.

The artist, whose real name is Andre Saraiva, explains how he thinks it’s patronizing to try to exhibit graffiti or street art on canvas in a gallery setting. Thus his show at Collette features paintings in a style that is completely different from that of his street artwork and totally removed from the Mr. “A” icon and style he’s painted in cities around the world (and which he recently contributed to the “Luxury Reborn” ad campaign for Belvedere brand vodka shot by photographer Terry Richardson with model / actor Vincent Gallo).