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This solid steel work by acclaimed New York City street artist Revs represents the artist's shift from principally making graffiti-based wall art towards producing sculptures from industrial materials. Invariably inspired by lettering, these later Revs works are often found bolted or welded to buildings throughout the Lower East Side and Brooklyn. The current piece was originally attached to a loading platform on Kent Avenue, Brooklyn.

Revs is a pioneering graffiti artist who gained widespread recognition in 1990s New York for his monumental and instantly recognizable tagging on public surfaces throughout the city. Frequently collaborating with fellow graffiti artist Cost, who would be arrested in 1994, Revs incorporated wheat-pasted elements and roller tags into his work, among other innovations. After a long hiatus following Cost’s arrest, Revs began making street art again, focusing on striking sculptural works made from construction-grade steel and other industrial materials; these works are often found welded to buildings (by permission of the owners) across Lower Manhattan and DUMBO.

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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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Provenance:
  • Private collection, New York
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 22.44 x 7.09 x 0.59 in. (57 x 18.01 x 1.5 cm.)

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