Every Friday we feature someone old or new, traditional or unconventional, active or not, and so on. This week highlights the photography of Henry Chalfant, particularly his work from the ‘80s surrounding graffiti culture in New York.
Classic video footage recently emerged documenting photographers, Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, during the time they were documenting the subway graffiti scene in New York. The narrator and his slang explanations are worth a laugh. As the narrator states, “Putting spray paint on a subway car is illegal and masterpieces do not “light up the line” for long. They will be “buffed off” by the transit authority or “ragged” written over by other graffiti writers.”
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 . . .
April 2011 marks a special issue for Juxtapoz Magazine, as we were asked by the MOCA to create a companion issue to the first major instituitional retrospective of street art, Art In the Streets. As we documented street art to a wider-audience of fine art, tattoo, pop-surreal, and illustrative art enthusiasts over our 17 years, we wanted to create an extended dialog and history with graffiti and street art pioneers. More after the jump . . .
May 2014 - Issue #160
All year long, Juxtapoz is celebrating its 20th Anniversary by showcasing the pivotal figures in contemporary art over the past two decades. Some artists are blue chip, some are underground heroes, others are behind-the-scenes legends. This month, we honor one of the great artists from Los Angeles during our existence, Alexis Ross, who has been monumental in various landmark exhibitions including "Street Market" at Art In the Streets. From working with ESPO, TWIST, and REAS, or working on his own paintings, Ross' story is one of history, frankness, and colorful nostalgia.