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CRASH (American, b.1961)
LOT ID: 81761
CRASH, ie. circa 1983

Spray Paint, on canvas
52.5 х 110.5 in. (133.35 x 280.67 cm.)
Lot description
This large-scale spray paint on unstretched canvas by CRASH is a classic example of the artist's stunning use of color, bubble lettering, and innovative imagery. Transforming the letters of his name into a stunning sunset view of the New York City skyline, CRASH inserts elements unique to the city of his roots. From silhouetted skyscrapers set against a blazing sky to a line of apartment buildings next to the rushing waters of a river, this piece by CRASH embraces the urban environment from which his career began and where he's since gained his own artistic fame.

Graffiti legend, John "CRASH" Matos, is now regarded as a pioneer of the international Graffiti art movement. CRASH was one of the most successful of the group of artists who exhibited in the premier Graffiti theme show at Sidney Janis Gallery during the late 80s. His method of painting is more complex than was his peers and incorporated carefully-chosen pop imagery. The artist was spray-painting New York City subway cars by age 13, and soon moved from simple 'tagging', to full-image artworks transferred onto canvas. His early murals on dilapidated buildings and subway trains inspired a generation of painters. In addition to being feature in MOCA’s groundbreaking ‘Art in the Streets’ exhibition in 2011, CRASH has shown extensively throughout the world with shows at Addict Galerie (Paris, FR), The Esplanade (Singapore), Opera Gallery (London, UK), and Toy Tokyo Underground (New York, NY), among others.

Select Public Collections:
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Brooklyn Museum of Art (New York, NY)
New Orleans Museum of Art (New Orleans, LA)
Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, NL)
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