This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 6 months, 11 hours, 13 minutes ago.
Aindriais Dolan aka PURE TFP aka Andy is a well known New York City style master with over 30 years of experience bending letters and producing beautiful graffiti. I first came across his work while in high school and riding trains and they were in the form of his PU throw ups. They were big, solid, juicy and proper. Later I saw Ven rocking a Pure painted jacket to school and was very impressed by the letter style and color technique. It was a great jacket. Soon after at Henry’s I saw images of his handball courts in the Bronx and Ven showed me his early trains on the 1s when he painted with FBA. The man had a great style.
Fast forward many years later and we are good friends and crew mates. His styles range from simple to complex mechanical swirl and his color usage and decorative techniques are the most impressive. The man can rock bubbles like no one else. He truly is a Bronx stylist of the highest degree and every time he paints he comes correct.
Most recently he has taken to painting on canvas and creating abstract ink drawings. I truly enjoy seeing them and was moved to purchase a painting. Since they are so new and such a rare treat to see I am sharing some here. For those of you who would be interested in buying/commissioning one you can contact Pure directly through his website. I always say why have a poster print on your wall when you can have some great original art?
This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 6 months, 2 weeks, 1 Day, 8 hours, 19 minutes ago.
Niro from Stockholm has released a new print on http://www.scamgallery.com Its a.n edition of 50, all signed and numbered. It makes a nice addition to any existing collector of prints and letter styles. For those that don’t know Niro is a very respected and well known writer from Sweden who has been putting in work for over a dozen years. He is a member of the WUFC and SDK crews and has don tons of work on transit over the years. In other words in Sweden he is the man.
This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 7 months, 2 days, 1 hour, 46 minutes ago.
So its almost X-mas and most people have done their gift shopping but I’d like to bring some art items to your attention in the event that you would like to treat yourself to art by writers that are respected and have put in major work over the years. I feel that its important that they are recognized and get our support when we can. So here are some picks that won’t last long and would be great for any fan or collector or anyone else for that matter.
4. An original Fuzz One drawing or canvas
A New York original and a true train master, Fuzz, has a site where he sells art direct. You can’t go wrong with his low prices for art from this king. http://freaksatlarge.com/page8.php
This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 7 months, 1 week, 3 days, 31 minutes ago.
Every year for the past 10 years or so the Art Basel fair comes to Miami bringing with it some of the biggest players in the art business together for sales, parties, and a great time. Over the years it has become Miami’s biggest money reaping tourist attraction with numerous other art fairs joining in to showcase their galleries at the same time (Pulse, Fountain, Scope, and Nada to name a few).
At the time real estate tycoon Tony Goldman know for revitalizing Soho in New York and Miami Beach began to transform the Wynwood neighborhood using graffiti and art as a way to revitalize a neighborhood most known for its poverty and warehouses. Tony used art to promote the community and make the neighborhood seem appealing to investors, etc. In 2009 he opened the Wynwood Walls which he described as a graffiti park and restaurant. Many important writers such as Retna, How and Nosm, Futura, and Os Gemeos have paintings there.
During the same time a graffiti and mural gathering began called Primary Flight and hundreds of writers showed up to paint the walls in the Wynwood district of Miami. They with the help of local politicians, art collectors, and others convinced the community and the local government to allow the buildings in the community that were abandoned or neglected to be allowed to be taken over by artists. And so it started and the word soon spread around the world.
This leads me to my own trip and time in Miami this December.
I went down to Miami as part of a new collective of artists formed this year in New York called the Free Agents Collective to mount an exhibition and showcase new art by the collective as well as paint (of course). In years past I had headed down but only painted outdoors so here was a chance to be part of something organized that would be sponsored and legit. So we headed down to Miami to showcase at the Miami Light Project’s The Light Box thanks to some financial support from folks like All the right, Hi Arts, MLP, Ur Place and others. The collective which consists of Carlos Mare, Alice Mizrachi, Phetus, Klass, Ezo, Queen Andrea, and myself packed up and left.
My time in Miami was spent working on the exhibition and the mural at MLP. Outside of that I ventured around to document some of the great pieces and murals that were being created on the streets and was able to catch up with great painters like SP One, Ewok One, Dero, Wane, Risk, Cope2, Entes from Peru, Mear, Jick, Estria, Prime, Kenor, Pez, KR, Daks, Amos, Erni, Pose, Puppet, Rime, Ces, and many others. I was even able to drop a quick piece. No beach but at least a piece.
Oh yeah, and I got to hear Bobbito spin some great old school Salsa at a Fania party and see Rakim rock it live at The Stage thanks to my friend Angie and the folks at Heineken. And saw a great show called Luxotica by Ivory, Ces, and Tich. I can’t forget Miguel Paredes and Ronnie Cutrone’s show - top notch. There were others but too many to recall.
Overall a great trip that was too short and too fast but hey, there is always next year. Maybe I’ll even catch one of the fairs. I hear Pulse was good.
Here are some flicks.
Carlos Mare at work on the Free Agents Collective mural.
writer in training…
Phetus putting in work.
Detail of Ezo’s work on the Free Agents Collective mural.
Inside our exhibition at The Light Box.
The limited edition rugs created by Urplace.com for us. Buy them online!
KET throw ups inside.
Mare’s sculpture work.
Ezo’s Barbie Frankenstein.
Queen Andrea and her recent paintings.
Phetus’ NWA portraits.
Alice Mirachi and her installation.
Klass’ subway maps were also displayed.
Mare striking a pose.
Bike tours in front of our pieces.
Ces needs medicine.
Daze is always rocking.
Wane COD went big.
Mear and Risk collaboration.
Puppet from Sweden.
Kenor and Pez from Spain.
Rime writes graffiti.
Herakut with an amazingly massive wall.
Dutch from the Wynwood Walls was rocking to his own beat.
Amos from Miami.
An SP One silver.
Craig Costello aka KRink
Phetus took over a pre-school and did it for the kids.
This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 7 months, 2 weeks, 6 days, 14 hours, 39 minutes ago.
If you are in Miami this Tuesday by and check out new art by EZO, Klass, QA, Mare, Alice Mizrachi, Phetus and me. Some details:
November 27, 2012, Miami, FL- FREE AGENTS COLLECTIVE and the MIAMI LIGHT PROJECT present PREMIERE! A group art exhibition and mural debut during Miami’s Art Basel Week 2012. The Free Agents are a collective of autonomous artists from New York City who work out of a shared studio space in Chelsea, New York. With roots in urban contemporary art and for many in New York’s graffiti culture, the collective collaborates on exhibitions, public murals, lectures, and workshops. The Free Agents are KET, Klass, Carlos Mare, Alice Mizrachi, Phetus, Queen Andrea, and Ezo Wippler.
From oil paintings to sculpture, from oversize ornate typography to photography, from intricate installations to limited edition screen prints, this exhibition will feature an exciting presentation of artistic style from the Free Agents. For their Premiere exhibition FREE AGENTS, will introduce a body of work demonstrating their skill, concept and aesthetic. In conjunction with the interior exhibition the collective will collaborate on a mural project showcased on the exterior walls of Miami Light Project’s home,The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse.
Miami Light Project and the Free Agents
Opening Reception: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 6:00pm
Closing Reception & Mural Unveiling: Saturday, December 8, 2012 8:00pm
featuring Mr. Pauer
The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse
404 NW 26 Street, Miami, FL 33127
This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 8 months, 3 days, 17 hours, 31 minutes ago.
Cekis is one of Chile’s best writers and a member of its old school who happens to live and work in New York for many years. I first met him in the 90s when I was publishing Stress. Back then he was a tourist and made a trip to New York and caught up with me at the Black August concert I was working. He was humble for an artist with so much talent and years under his belt and was generous enough to send me a drawing later that ran in the pages of the magazine. Years later I really got to meet the man and become familiar with his art and technique. In the past few years I have witnessed his amazing murals, pieces, and his transition into making works on canvas. This summer we caught up and I was able to photograph some new works with a theme of migration/immigration. I was very moved and am happy to share images I captured of his studio and of his art with you.
This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 8 months, 5 days, 13 hours, 3 minutes ago.
As the writers continue to push the boundaries of their imagination many, as you know, have taken to dedicating themselves to creating muralists. This new generation of muralists with roots in the graffiti world are an exciting and very active group spanning the entire globe. Many have already achieved worldwide recognition for their amazing work and their ability to span the globe sharing their talent. Artists like Blu, Os Gemeos, Nunca, Loomit, Aryz, and Retna all come to mind. In this vein I introduce you to the work of the Peruvian artist, Jade from the DA2C crew, from Lima. Jade’s murals reflect his travels and his experience as a working artist in the streets. His art part self-reflection, part social commentary, and all the while beautiful are an amazing addition to the Peruvian and Ecuadorian cities he has been so fortunate to have visited. Here are some of the works he has shared with me over the past year or so. Peace.
This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 8 months, 2 weeks, 5 hours, 18 minutes ago.
My newest book is out now: Hall Of Fame - New York City (On the Run books)
The birthplace of the style writing school of graffiti is New York City. This is the place where young writers first began to transform letters from simple tags on a wall to elaborate masterpieces of colorful and camoflauged letters embellished with characters that depicted friends and heroes alike. By the 1980s the artwork was quickly destroyed by authorities and the artists seeking to preserve some of their works took hold of schoolyards around the city to paint grander works. It was a no-nonsense approach to save their art form and spread their fame to the local kids. The most famous of these schoolyards is located in East Harlem on 106th street and Park Avenue and it became known as the Hall of Fame. At first the Hall of Fame was established to bring together the best artists in the city and have them paint in the same schoolyard supplanting the number 5 train as the showcase place for the best graffiti art in New York. Over the years as the word spread artists from around the city would sneak in and leave their work at night in this unsanctioned museum. From Skeme, Dez, and Daze in the early 1980s to Vulcan, Jon One, and Dome in the late 1980s to Part, Ezo, and TDS rejuvenating the schoolyard with style in the 1990s to TC5 (West, Dash, Psycho, Wane, Cope2, etc.), TDS (Flite, Part, Noc167, Serve, T-Kid170), TATS (Bio, BG183, Nicer, How, Nosm, Sen2) crews tight productions in the 2000s to the writers that travel to New York to paint there today this book documents the exciting art work that was created in a small obscure school in Harlem that became known as the legendary Hall of Fame. Join me on this artistic retrospective of the famous and important New York landmark.
This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 8 months, 3 weeks, 8 hours, 29 minutes ago.
Egs been busy with work and getting his show ready at Shoe´s Unruly Gallery in Amsterdam. It should be killer. If you are out there check it. Here’s a sneak preview below. And if you don’t know his work do a quick online search. He’s been doing burners for years. http://www.unrulygallery.com/
This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 8 months, 3 weeks, 2 days, 14 hours ago.
Jon One’s first solo show in the US will be this week in Los Angeles. Come out, celebrate, and buy 2 paintings.
Opening Reception will be Saturday, November 3rd, 7-10pm.
A Special Preview will take place on November 1st, 7-9pm.
Both are open to the public.
An online catalog will be available November 1st.
JonOne will be in Los Angeles prior to the Opening Reception. To schedule an interview or for other press inquiries please contact the gallery.
Fabien Castanier Gallery is proud to present A Beautiful Madness, the first solo exhibition in the USA by JonOne. Though raised in New York, JonOne has lived in Paris since the mid 1980’s where he has established himself as an artist, building a career that has spanned over 20 years.
From his early days as a youth, tagging the streets of Harlem, JonOne has always emphasized a painterly approach, bringing brushes instead of spray cans to tag subway trains. Drawing from the energy and freedom of painting in an urban landscape, he translates his roots as a graffiti artist into paintings that are a completely unique form of abstract expressionism. Akin to Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, JonOne’s pieces exhibit an enormous sense of movement and color. His compositions combine freestyle, precise strokes, repetition and texture for a uniquely balanced yet dynamic visual experience.
This article was posted by Alan Ket 1 Year, 10 months, 3 weeks, 5 days, 15 hours, 47 minutes ago.
The transformation of 14th street and the Chelsea neighborhood as a result of the creation of the Highline park is truly amazing. The dead train tracks turned park has brought with it hotels, condos, fancy shops, tourists, and even some new art. The design of the park itself is quite beautiful and a small oasis amongst this large city but on a recent trip I took in more than just the park but also the surrounding graffiti some which has survived many years and the new clean up of the area. Here are a few images from my walk.