J Balvin will be emceeing a 2-day virtual art fair hosted by premiere shopping app, NTWRK. With a focus on graffiti and street art, Beyond the Streets 2021 embraces the beauty of urban art and the art revolution. Balvin will take attendees on a journey through the wonderful world of Beyond the Streets, curated by graffiti historian Roger Gastman. CELEB takes a look at what the fair has to offer. 

J Balvin to Host Beyond the Streets

J Balvin

This week, the Beyond the Streets team shared the exciting news that the chart topping, five-time Latin Grammy award-winning Colombian artist J Balvin would be the emcee for their fair. Beyond the Streets 2021 is a two-day, virtual art fair that embraces graffiti, street art, and the urban soul. It all goes down on December 1 and 2 on North America’s favorite livestream shopping app, NTWRK.

Balvin will make appearances throughout the 2-day event, emceeing various art drops, and hosting discussions with some of the world’s top artists. The art fair will launch exclusive products from the genres of fine arts, collectibles, apparel, home goods plus unique, carefully curated content experiences for attendees. 

Beyond the Streets 2021

Beyond the Streets

With a variety of products to offer attendees and a virtual street fair-like atmosphere, Beyond the Streets is the perfect way for an art lover to spend two days. Artists who will be releasing works at the fair include:

  • Bert Krak
  • CB Hoyo
  • DABSMYLA with Late Lunch
  • MADSAKI
  • Mike GIANT
  • Mister Cartoon
  • Takashi Murakami
  • POSE
  • Shepard Fairey
  • Spacebrat
  • Wild Style with Vic Mensa.

Balvin as emcee will help promote the fair’s focus on amplifying diverse, world class creators’ stories and products, showcasing: 

  • Daily episodes hosted by Balvin and joined by Cleon Peterson, the artistic director for the festival and LA-based photographer, Estevan Oriol.
  • In-depth art conversations with DABSMYLA, Gustavo Zermeño Jr., Estevan Oriol and Cleon Peterson that dive deeper into today’s art landscape and the creative process behind their globally renowned work.
  • Exclusive, NEW limited-edition product releases by Balvin in collaboration with DABSMYLA.

New York Times writes, “[organizer] Mr. Gastman said in an interview that he sees the event, which shares a name with his touring art exhibition — ‘Beyond the Streets’ — as a continuation of his efforts to preserve the culture of street art and expand its appeal. He said the upshot of collaborating with NTWRK, which specializes in limited-edition casual fashion and collectibles, is that it will allow the artists to reach a ‘larger, newer audience’ while in-person gatherings remain restricted because of the pandemic.”

J Balvin’s Homes

J Balvin

Balvin himself is an art lover and collector, whose keen eye for aesthetics is well-known. Two of Balvin’s homes are carefully designed masterpieces of tranquil contemporary art, in his home country of Colombia. 

Architectural Digest shares, “the Llanogrande home—which will eventually become a guest cottage within a larger residential compound that Balvin is now building—is quietly nestled in an intoxicating jungle landscape. The team at 5 Sólidos completely gutted an existing house and then reimagined the structure as a serene, understated pavilion, where architectural elements such as blackened wood siding and shoji-like framed linen doors and screens point to the influence of Japanese aesthetics. Exquisite bonsai specimens underscore the affinity. Meanwhile, the warm, luminous planes of French oak that wrap the interiors, coupled with an array of pared-down modern furnishings, add a note of Scandinavian grace to the composition. The only eruption of color occurs in Balvin’s closet, where about 850 pairs of sneakers (a mere portion of his king’s ransom) are displayed in what looks like the world’s dopest shoe museum.” 

And Balvin’s Medellin apartment has the same eye for clean lines, soothing architectural elements, and an embracing of both nature and water. Per AD, Balvin shares, “Water calms me down. I love being out there, especially at night, surrounded by the trees and the darkness.”  

Balvin’s love for contemporary art, eye for aesthetics, and status as a beloved, world-renowned artist makes him the perfect emcee for Beyond the Streets. For more information on Beyond the Streets including how to attend, visit their website – Beyond the Streets 2021. Whether you’re new to the contemporary art scene, or you’ve been a long-time fan, the art fair will delight and inform. From art pieces to add to your collection to discussions with top artists who will teach you the truth behind their work, it’s a must-see for all. Although Balvin has been busy this year with Resorts World Las Vegas’ opening and a Fall residency, this may be his most exciting project of the year.