How did the movement start? Who were the main players? Where are they today? - topics were covered along with info on the legendary FUN GALLERY cofounded by Patti Astor , http://thefungallery.com/ that brought the art of Keith Haring and Jean Michael Basquiat to the world, beginning in the East Village.
Patti Astor, Lady Pink and Fab Five Freddy
A history lesson may be needed for most under about 30 or 35 years old here -- and for those who love ALL that NYC has become via art and graffiti. As I told many people about what I was attending that evening with sheer excitement, I realized many do not know much, if any "history" of who brought the art, how the movement happened and so on. I could go into a thousand details but instead have posted most of the New Museums info on the event below the photos.
And, if you really want to learn the true story make sure you buy Patti's book, FUN GALLERY, http://thefungallery.com/ from Clic Gallery at 255 Centre Street, http://clicgallery.com/. She did a signing the past Saturday night which was packed with NYC art and graffiti royalty. I stayed until the very end and low and behold, met Kenny Scharf, http://kennyscharf.com/ yes, I was in heaven. (All the info from this will be posted tomorrow.) Until then, see the pics and info from the panel discussion...
The men responsible for the documentary!
...and artist Lee Quinones, http://www.leequinones.com/
Continue the history lesson with the press release from the New Museum:
In 1984, Paul Tschinkel’s ART/new york issued the documentary video Graffiti/Post Graffiti. The film captures a unique moment in the intertwined narratives of graffiti and art history, as aggressive anti-vandalism legislation and the lure of the marketplace brought/drew many artists off the street into the gallery. Through original interviews with artists (including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Rammellzee, and Lady Pink) and gallerists (including Patti Astor and Tony Shafrazi), Graffiti/Post Graffiti examines key individuals, exhibitions, and venues during this transition.