Henry Chalfant (American, born )

An accomplished sculptor, Henry Chalfant (American, b.1940) is best known for his photography and films that captured the Street Art of New York City. Due to the quick turn-around and ephemeral nature of Street Art, especially in the 1970s and 1980s, Chalfant's photographs act as the only lasting proof of some of the finest Graffiti Art that no longer exists. His work captures the essence of the movement and spirit of youth culture during these times. Chalfant has become a leading authority on subway art and co-produced the PBS documentary film, Style Wars with Tony Silver in 1984. He has also written books on the subject, including Subway Art, which he wrote with Martha Cooper (American, b.1943) in 1984. Exhibits of his photos include the O.K. Harris Gallery, and the landmark New York-New Wave show at PSl; with other shows being put on by Galerie Speerstra, in Paris, France; The Bronx Museum, New York, NY; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; among others.

Timeline

1940
Born in United States. Educated at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences.
1983
Released the film Style Wars which he co-produced with director Tony Silver
1984
Published the book Subway Art, which he co-authored with photographer Martha Cooper
1987
Co-authored the book Spraycan Art with James Prigoff
Currently lives and works in New York, NY

Exhibitions

2006
“Ugly Winners,” galerie du jour, Paris, France
2004–2006
"Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art And Street Culture," Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; curated by Christian Strike and Aaron Rose [catalog]; travels to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD; The University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL; Fondazione La Triennale, Milan, Italy; Le Tri Postal, Lille, France