Rizzoli Upcoming Release 'City as Canvas'
City as Canvas, authored by Carlo McCormick, Sean Corcoran, Sacha
Jenkins, Christopher “Daze” Ellis and Lee Quinones is a catalog of the
artworks procured by Martin Wong. Both an artist and an enthusiast for
philanthropy in the streets, Wong had a tailored eye and amassed a
collection from those he coveted during New York City’s art scene in
the 70’s and 80’s. His acquisitions included photographs, black books,
letters, postcards, posters, and originals by various artists. Futura
2000, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, Lady Pink, Keith Haring are
few of many of the influential contributions Wong had obtained.
Wong’s locale, instinctual finger on the pulse of what was happening
and close relationships within the community led to a collection that
provides insight into a sub culture in its very beginnings.
Understanding the importance of the work, Martin donated his dedicated
acquisitions to the Museum of the City of New York in 1994 before his
passing away shortly after.
City as Canvas published by Rizzoli Press will be available on
October 31st, 2013 and an exhibition of the same name will open
Author: Kelly Salih
Images [Rizzoli , Lee Quiñones, Peter Bellamy, Jon Naa Keith Haring Foundation]