Die New Yorker Graffiti-Legende FUTURA 2000 zeigt seine neue Solo-Ausstellung im Urban Spree. Eröffnung ist am Freitag, den 11. Januar 2019! Die Ausstellung zeigt 60 aktuelle Bilder, die FUTURA dieses Jahr in Lille gemalt hat.
“The 5 Elements” is a large museum-style conceptual exhibition, tackling the ambitious theme of the Creation of the Universe, whereby the artist confronts himself to the cosmos, the planets, the infinitely small, the Big Bang and the fundamental elements, producing a corpus of works that becomes a personal path to the exploration of the universe and of course of Futura’s internal galaxy.
The works have been produced in early 2018 in Lille, France, during a residency organized by Art-Together, a newly launched ambitious platform for the development of urban contemporary arts.
A set of 4 exclusive silk screen prints are being released on the Opening Night. The set is based on the painting series “Pure”. Each 8-color screen print is hand-pulled by Dolly Demoratti (Mother Drucker/Urban Spree Studio), signed and numbered by Futura. The 50 x 50 cm prints are only sold as a limited edition of 100 sets.
A 128-page companion book titled “Futura, les 5 éléments”, will also be released in Berlin on the Opening Night and will be signed by the artist. More than an exhibition catalogue, the book intends to share the creative path of the residency and provides scientific explanation to the series of paintings.
About the artist:
Futura is an American visual artist, born Lenny McGurr in NYC in 1955. He is recognized as one of the first modern-era graffiti writers, and the pioneer of the abstract graffiti genre. Passionate about science fiction, he chose his moniker “Futura 2000” when he started graffiti at 15 in reference to Stanley Kubrick’s movie “2001 – A Space Odyssey”.
He started painting the NYC subways in the early 1970s and was the first writer to paint a whole car in the abstract graffiti style which became his signature. He was part of the famed exhibition “New York/New Wave” in 1981 at the P.S.1 (Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Inc.) together with Basquiat (a.k.a. SAMO), Haring, Crash, Quick, Dondi and Kenny Scharf. He had numerous solo and group exhibitions and is also actively involved in street wear and fashion.
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