Lot Details

1) Face, 1998
28 x 26 x 2 in
signed and dated Nov. 2, 1998 on verso

2) Not You Again, 1996
35 x 20 x 2 in
numbered 8/15 on verso

Graffiti legend, John "Crash" Matos, is now regarded as a pioneer of the international Graffiti art movement. John Matos went by the name of "Crash" during his Graffiti days in New York, and 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.

Selected Public Collections:
Aachen, Neue Galerie-Sammlung Ludwig, Germany
Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala, FL
Galerie d'Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
Groniger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans
Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
U.S.A.F. Thunderbird Museum, Las Vegas, NV

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Requires Cleaning
Area: Verso, Image, Other area
Location: Overall
Notes: "Face" has slight soiling on verso; can be easily cleaned

"Not You Again" has slight scuffing on the image
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 28 x 26 x 2 in. (71.12 x 66.04 x 5.08 cm.)

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