Dedicated to the work of Spain Rodriguez & Tony Goldman, The Allen St. Street Art Collective is an exposition of street artists from LA, NYC and Buffalo. The newly formed Allen St. Street Artists Collective is a project organized by Buffalo arts supporter, author and developer Mark Goldman to help transform the neighborhood and provide more opportunities for street artists to work legally.
"What my brother Tony demonstrated by his visionary curatorial skills is that street art, done at its best and most sophisticated level, has the power to transform and empower communities. At his internationally known wall at Houston and Bowery and on his fantastic, dream-like productions at the walls of Wynwood in Miami, Tony, by sponsoring and supporting the world’s leading street artists, gave voice to a new generation of artists while at the same time bringing unbelievable energy and art to the streets of long-forsaken parts of two major American cities. His work, though cut-short by his untimely death on September 11th, 2012, will live on, however, not only in Soho and in Miami but on the streets of Buffalo New York where I, by creating the Allen Street Street Artists Collective, will attempt to do for the streets of Allentown what Tony’s work did for New York and Miami. It is as a tribute to him and to the people of Buffalo that I have undertaken this most challenging and important project. As Tony himself said: 'The work that we do is not for the faint of heart.'" -Mark Goldman