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SEEN (American, b.1961)
LOT ID: 66036
Bubble "S", ie. circa 2006

Mixed Media, Spray Paint on NYC transit map
32 х 23 in. (81.28 x 58.42 cm.)
Signed, and dated in marker lower left 2007
Lot description
SEEN's "Signature S" is boldly tagged in spray paint and a Mad Transit Artist stencil over a NYC transit map, a reference to the subway trains he so often tagged in his youth. With blobs of bright pink, the artist uses strong black lines to outline the lettering throughout. The work is in excellent condition, with the folds having been smoothed down from flat storage. Signed and dated lower left.

SEEN (b.1961, New York) is considered by many to be the godfather of Graffiti art. He first started to paint New York City subway cars during the early 1970s. Recently, SEEN has turned his love of the MTA into a series of hand-painted, limited-edition MTA New York subway maps. In addition, the artist has gone beyond two-dimensional work to explore sculpture and mixed media works of discarded and re-used materials. SEEN'S work has been exhibited all over the world, with recent solo shows at Magda Danysz Gallery, Paris, France (2010); Kleerup Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (2009); Grand Palais, Paris, France (2009); The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA (2009); Power House Arena, New York, NY (2007); and Stolen Space Gallery, London, UK (2006).
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  • SEEN

    Wildstyle S
    spray paint on map
    (H 32.7, W 22.8) in.
    (83 x 58) cm.
    Sold for: US$2,972
    Thursday, March 29, 2012
    Bonhams London
    Lot 00228
  • SEEN

    S
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    (H 38, W 24) in.
    (96.5 x 61.0) cm.
    Sold for: US$2,243
    Friday, February 24, 2012
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  • SEEN

    Psy
    spray paint and marker on map
    (H 32.5, W 22.6) in.
    (82.5 x 57.5) cm.
    Sold for: US$4,005
    Wednesday, February 15, 2012
    Artcurial – Briest- Poulain - F.Tajan
    Lot 00013
  • SEEN

    Sans titre
    spray paint on map
    (H 31.9, W 22.2) in.
    (81 x 56.5) cm.
    Sold for: US$3,505
    Wednesday, February 15, 2012
    Artcurial – Briest- Poulain - F.Tajan
    Lot 00024
  • SEEN

    Sans titre
    spray paint on New York city subway map
    (H 33.7, W 24.0) in.
    (85.5 x 61) cm.
    Sold for: US$2,149
    Friday, June 17, 2011
    Damien Leclere
    Lot 00005
  • SEEN

    Blue subway
    pen and acrylic on New York subway map
    (H 31.9, W 22.4) in.
    (81 x 57) cm.
    Sold for: US$4,500
    Tuesday, January 11, 2011
    Bonhams London
    Lot 00031
  • SEEN

    Red subway
    pen and acrylic on New York City subway map
    (H 32.3, W 22.4) in.
    (82 x 57) cm.
    Sold for: US$4,688
    Tuesday, January 11, 2011
    Bonhams London
    Lot 00032
  • SEEN

    Blue and red New York City subway
    pen and acrylic on paper
    (H 31.9, W 22.4) in.
    (81 x 57) cm.
    Sold for: US$3,350
    Tuesday, October 14, 2008
    Dreweatts
    Lot 00044
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