Cruel Summer curated by Roger Gastman @ Jonathan LeVine Gallery, NYC

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to present Cruel Summer, a group exhibition curated by collector, graffiti historian, Juxtappoz contributor, and urban anthropologist Roger Gastman. "The summer of 1984 was awesome. The space shuttle Discovery took off on its maiden voyage, Apple released the Macintosh personal computer, the Olympics rallied the world together and Karate Kid was the hit film featuring the song Cruel Summer by Bananarama. The song and its video of three gorgeous young women roaming the streets of New York City inspired this show."

BLADE: King of Graffiti @ The Museum of the city of New York

Graffiti // Friday, August 01, 2014
In 1980, after painting 5,000 subway trains, Steve Ogburn, aka BLADE, earned the title "King of Graffiti." Today BLADE exhibits his work internationally. In this rare event, he will sit down with graffiti historian Chris Pape for a slide show and conversation about his pioneering work and the New York graffiti scene of the 1970s.

Classic Blade subway

Graffiti // Tuesday, November 05, 2013
If we have to explain to you why this is so great, than you probably don’t love graffiti as much as the rest of us. Blade, a true OG subway king.

In Graffiti: What the Hell is Old School Anyway?

Juxtapoz // Monday, October 24, 2011
Rime just posted a small essay questioning the well-known term “old school”. With his own words he to attempts to make meaning of what is considered old school and asks the same question to a handful of writers coming from various generations. It appears that perspectives are affected by age, experience and location, but everyone definitely has an opinion.

Blade

Graffiti // Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Blade is an important and pivotal figure in the history of graffiti, and isn’t scared to smile for the camera.  

Futura, Martha Cooper, Fab Five Freddy and others at MOCA's "Art In the Streets"

Street Art // Monday, April 18, 2011
Obviously, the legendary names and artists of New York City were a big part of the story at MOCA's "Art In the Streets," with Futura, Martha Cooper, Blade, Henry Chalfant, Fab 5 Freddy, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Crash, and Freedom having major spaces in the Geffen building, as well as younger talents that later emerged like Dash Snow. More after the jump . . .

LEE and the Fun Gallery at MOCA's "Art In the Streets"

Street Art // Sunday, April 17, 2011
Another great part of the Art In the Streets exhibition is LEE Q's wall when you walk in, representing, or at least it seemed apparent to us, the NYC contingent at the show. And next to LEE's two pieces was a recreation of Patti Astor's seminal FUN Gallery that used to be the downtown spot in NYC for graffiti artists to exhibit in the 1980s. More after the jump . . .

Last Minute Touches at MOCA's Art In the Streets

Street Art // Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Everything is getting tightened up at MOCA's Art In the Streets at the moment, and just one walk around the building this morning we found pieces by Os Gemeos, AMAZE, and BLADE, and LEE and FUTURA were putting touhces on the massive mural on the side of the Geffen. Inside is amazing, but more on that later. Pictures after the jump . . .

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