Section 3 - Graffiti / Post-Graffiti
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Graffiti / Post-Graffiti
In 1984 Paul Tschinkel and I completed a 30 minute program about graffiti that captured a key moment in its evolution from illegal street art to rarified art object exhibited in respected galleries. "Graffiti/Post Graffiti" was sparked by a chance encounter with Dolores and Hubert Neumann, two well-connected collectors who were then actively promoting graffiti to the art establishment. The Neumanns invited us to tape a "Collaborative Painting" demonstration they organized for art world notables at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, and "Post Graffiti," a major exhibition they helped curate at the prestigious Sidney Janis Gallery.
With this key footage in hand we set out to expand the story of graffiti's rise. During a visit to Fashion Moda in the South Bronx we taped a wall mural by Lady Pink and Lady Heart, as well as a number of nearby outdoor graffiti murals by Crash and Daze done on roll-down security gates . At the Fun Gallery in the East Village we talked with Charlie Ahearn, the creator of the indie film "Wildstyle," and with two of the film's stars, Patti Astor, co-founder of the Fun Gallery, and "Fab 5 Freddy" Braithwaite, whose paintings were on display.
Graffiti / Post-Graffiti also featured two of the fastest rising stars of this controversial new art movement. Keith Haring was filmed autographing hats decorated with his graffiti-inspired cartoon images during the opening of his first solo exhibition at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery. We also included a short sequence from our earlier interview with Jean-Michel Basquiat in which he talks dismissively about his graffiti roots. This section of Graffiti / Post Graffiti can be viewed on the Basquiat page that follows.
All videos and photographs courtesy of Paul Tschinkel and ART/new york.
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