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POST GRAFFITI ART Delta-Mode2-Eron-Sharp-Ebon Hearth - Czarnobyl-Lucas Carrieri Gallery BERLIN 2009

4y ago


Graffiti Art has come a long way. Since its beginnings in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the late 60's, the movement caught on very quickly, spreading to New York City and by the late 80's had developed into a fully established movement in Europe as well. One of the biggest artistic movements of all times, graffiti found its way from illegal nocturnal actions into mainstream culture. The interest in showing graffiti on canvas developed as soon as graffiti was sprayed on the walls of the Big Apple. In 1972, Hugo Martinez, a sociology major at City College in New York, took notice of the legitimate artistic potential of the early graffiti writers' generation. United Graffiti Artists and Martinez selected top subway artists from all around the city and presented their work in the formal context of an art gallery. A 1973 article in New York magazine by Richard Goldstein entitled "The Graffiti Hit Parade" was also an early public recognition of the artistic potential of subway artists. In the early 80's in NYC, art galleries started to show graffiti works on canvas so as to expand their horizons. European art dealers soon became aware of the movement and were very receptive to the new art form. Today 'Old School' artists are recognized by institutions, with contemporary museums possessing Post Graffiti works as part of their collections. Their paintings and sculptures can be seen hanging in renowned galleries across the world, and are also the topic of numerous films, books and videos. They are inseparable from our aesthetic in general, and from our fashion in particular.