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'Rebecca' is from the "Bus Poster" series circa 2007, which marks a perfect example of Retna's earlier work and calligraphic lettering, and like all good street art, began with petty theft. At some point in 2007 and presumably while waiting for a bus, Retna took a liking to the bus stop advertisements for a woman's clothing company called Bebe. There was something about the elegant forms of the models, or maybe the ideal "canvas-like" dimensions of the posters, but mostly the opportunity for a good bit of Ad Destruction. In turn, Retna began stealing numerous posters for the basis of his definitive compositions. This particular ad was originally of model Rebecca Romijn from her Bebe campaign which hit the streets of Los Angeles in the Spring of 2007, and was presumably “appropriated” shortly thereafter. Somewhere around 2008 it resurfaced from Retna's downtown studio in all of its current glory and was acquired by the current owner.

Contemporary graffiti artist Retna (b. 1979) was introduced to the L.A. mural scene at an early age, leading one of the largest graffiti art collectives in the city since high school. Through the appropriation of fashion advertisements, Retna reinvents them with intricate line work, complex layering, a powerful range of color, and a completely unique calligraphic lettering style. Fusing elements of fine art and graffiti into his multifarious compositions, Retna combines visual linguistics, urban poetics, and a timeless power unique to his specific approach, exploring an eclectic range of mediums including graffiti, photography, and painting. The artist has exhibited at venues throughout the world, with shows at L.A. Art Machine (Los Angeles, CA), The Don Gallery (Milan, Italy), Yves Laroche Galerie d’Art (Montreal, Canada), and Art for All (Malaga, Spain), among numerous others.

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Tears / Holes
Date: Unavailable – contact Specialist for details
Area: Other area
Location: Upper left, Lower left, Other location
Notes: - Small tear upper left by artist at time of painting (PICTURE 10)
- Small tear middle left repaired and painted over by artist
- Small clean tear to lower middle, not by artist, easily fixable
Degree: Moderate

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.

  • Acquired directly from the artist, certificate of authenticity from the artist available by request.
  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 70.1 x 48 in. (178.05 x 121.92 cm.)

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