Lot Details

This rare, early 1985 self-portrait is a prime example of the artist's talent and skill using spray enamel on canvas.

Dondi White, aka Donald Joseph White, aka The Style Master General, was one of the seminal figures of the early Graffiti scene having fathered the progressive hand styles of the movement. He gained notoriety in the late 70s and early 80s "bombing" whole train cars with his Vaughn Bode inspired characters and wild style lettering. He was perhaps the most influential graffiti writer in terms of style. Dondi died in 1998 of AIDS.

NOTE: Slight fraying along cut canvas margins

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Water Damage or Warping
Area: Verso, Margin
Location: Upper left, Lower left
Notes: On the verso, it appears that there is water damage. It is not certain if the damage was there prior to the making of the painting.
Degree: Minor

Definition Key
Area
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.



Degree
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.

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  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 60 x 35 in. (152.4 x 88.9 cm.)
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