Graffiti // Thursday, July 19, 2012
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.”
Juxtapoz // Monday, March 05, 2012
Martha Cooper went to check out former Juxtapoz cover artist, RETNA, and his progress finishing his mural on the world famous wall at Bowery and Houston in Manhattan. Keith Haring, Os Gemeos, Shepard Fairey, Barry McGee, Kenny Scharf, JR, and Faile have all covered this wall, and Martha documents RETNA on her 12oz Prophet blog.
Street Art // Monday, December 19, 2011
Here is the newest installment from the series, Here Comes the Neighborhood focusing on the public art project known as the Arts District of Wynwood Miami. This episode focuses on photographer Martha Cooper, her role in the project, and her point of views on public art.
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.
Graffiti // Thursday, June 30, 2011
In 1980 Dondi painted a series of 3 whole cars titled Children of the Grave.
Street Art // Wednesday, May 04, 2011
One of our personal thrills during MOCA's "Art In the Streets" set-up was when Martha Cooper helped us work our new camera. There is nothing like getting tips and tutorials from one of the most legendary documentary photographers we can think of.
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 . . .
Street Art // Saturday, April 16, 2011
Another highlight from "Art In the Streets" were the facing exhibition spaces of CR Stecyk III and Shepard Fairey. Stecyk covered the entirety of his walls with his screenprint and handpainted posters, all the same sized and dizzingly arranged. Shepard opted for a clean set-up, with iconic pieces that span his entire career. And Ed Templeton's work looned in the background. More after the jump . . .
Juxtapoz // Monday, April 11, 2011
The other day, watching an installation come to life at MOCA's Art In the Streets, I was struggling to get my indoor photo settings right. And you know what? Martha Cooper stopped and taught me how to shoot proper indoor art conditions. That has to be a highlight. Right now at Carmichael Gallery in LA, Martha Cooper: Remix just opened, featuring Cooper's classic photos with over 50 artists creating their own unique interpretations of her iconic, historically significant imagery. More after the jump . . .
Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 02, 2011
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 . . .