Billi Kid curates Art of Basketball show in downtown Orlando

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Friday, May 18 – Art of Basketball (Wave 3) 6-9 p.m. through June 15 Church Street Exchange 101 S. Garland Ave. 407-648-7060 orlandoslice.com $15-$20 New York City street artist Billi Kid is typically known for illustrating a wide range of famous faces, anywhere from Sarah Palin to Jim Morrison. But as curator for The Art of Basketball (Wave 3), Kid’s works take aim at the NBA backboard and All Star game basketball court. The Art of Basketball returns to downtown Orlando this week at the Church Street Exchange building after making its first appearance in Orlando earlier this year during the 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend in February. Kid gathered a team of street and graffiti artists – New York-based artists David Cooper and Cope2, Los Angeles’ Mr. Brainwash, stencil artist Joe Lurato from New Jersey, the Dude Company hailing all the way from France, among others – who present a collection of basketball-inspired pieces licensed by the NBA, in which they incorporate pop-culture icons like Mickey Mouse and political figures such as Barack Obama and Martin Luther King, Jr. The Art of Basketball (Wave 3) opens with a reception on Friday, May 18, and proceeds will benefit the Downtown Arts District. The exhibit will continue through June 15 only for private viewings. To make an appointment contact Bill Fickett via email at bill@publicworksdept.com.

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