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CRASH (American, b.1961)
LOT ID: 44815
Untitled, 2010

Spray Paint, Tagging on canvas
84 х 48 in. (213.36 x 121.92 cm.)
Lot description
Untitled spray paint on canvas by renowned graffiti writer and fine artist, John "Crash" Matos, commissioned by Tumi for the "Tumi TAG" charity auction in support of ACRIA - AIDS Community Research Initiative of America.

Tumi and renowned graffiti artist John “Crash” Matos have partnered to launch the “Tumi TAG” charity auction. The auction features the exclusive untitled graffiti work by Crash which inspired the new Tumi TAG Limited Edition Collection.
One hundred percent of proceeds from the auction will benefit AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA), a leading national HIV research and education organization that helps countless tens of thousands of HIV-positive people live longer, healthier lives.

John "Crash" Matos, American (b. 1961)
A contemporary of Keith Haring and a modern-day master of this present day art form, shoots his metaphorical arrows into art galleries, subway cars and dizzying flashes across concrete walls. His is a lavish gift to the eyes and a statement in time and space that celebrates the movements and change of an ever changing world. His work is a direct descendant of the Roman wall-scribes but he has evolved this inherited gift back to its simplest form: “tagging,” leaving his name. Great artists sign their names on the paintings they leave behind, in this new/old incarnation the artist leaves just his name. A reduction of unadulterated form; or “refined” art. Crash's art has appeared in numerous exhibitions and public collections throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn. His work is also in many private collections and in 1996 Matos painted a signature Stratocaster for musician Eric Clapton and gave it to the artist as a gift. Clapton used this guitar throughout his 2001 tour. Matos' work is included in the collections of . He continues to live and work in Bronx, New York.

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