There are different ways to measure the success of an exhibition: good reviews, good sales and high prizes, and lots of visitors. With street art exhibitions one have to apply other standards. If street art is to maintain a critical position as an alternative to mainstream consumer culture, sales and prizes should rather be disqualifying than a measurement of success. That is if one can talk about street art exhibitions as street art. I hesitate to call canvases painted and hung indoors for street art. I believe the term is best served by being used exclusively for art done directly on walls in public areas, preferably outdoor.
In order to defend these standards I had to buff my own pieces at the exhibition mentioned in last post. A short time-lapse is available here: https://vimeo.com/81425350. It was a bit of a strange experience painting over the stencils while other artists were dealing their sales. It reminded me of years ago when I did canvasses and used to paint over them again and again, because I had no use for them and no room to stash them.
The outcome for the beggar piece was 205 kroner, but since I put a hundred there from the start, the earnings were only 105. Anyway, I’m quite happy taking into account that there was no sign or anything asking people to leave a donation. All the money will now be given to the beggar who was “model” for the piece.