Crash/Daze at Ad Hoc Gallery

Photos by Tuten Keser

This past Friday, The Subway Art Blog attended the opening of the Ad Hoc Gallery’s Crash/Daze exhibition.  The show features never before seen works by legendary street artists Crash and Daze, including some collaborative works.

From the Ad Hoc site:

A contemporary of Keith Haring and a modern-day master of this present day art form, CRASH has shot his metaphorica arrows and dizzying flashes into subway cars, walls, and galleries around the globe.  His work celebrates the movements of an ever-changing world and is a lavish gift to the eyes as well as a bold statement in time and space.

DAZE began painting New York City subway trains, the canvas of choice for the serious graffiti artist, in the late 1970’s. Since moving from subway trains to gallery walls, he has exhibited in Paris, Stockholm, Tokyo, Florence and many others. His work is in public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum Ludwig in Aachen, Germany, and the Brooklyn Museum, where he was also featured in the 2006 “Graffiti” exhibition.

The show is open through June 14th.  We highly recommend checking it out.  This is a must-see for all you graffiti aficionados out there!

[Ad Hoc Art – Crash/Daze]

Subway Art: 25th Anniversary Edition

We’ve mentioned Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant’s Subway Art book a number of times here on The Subway Art Blog.  This year marks the 25th anniversary of the initial publication.  To commemorate this, Chronicle Books is releasing a 25th Anniversary Edition of the book.  The new release features 70 new photos, updated text and a larger size.  We highly recommend this book for the Graffiti lover in your life.

[Subway Art: 25th Anniversary Edition – Amazon]

The Bonnie and Clyde of Subway Graffiti

In August of last year, two of the most notorious subway graffiti artists were arrested as they arrived in the United States after a tagging tour of Europe.  Earlier this month, Danielle “Dani” Bremner was charged in her case for vandalizing subway cars in Manhattan.  She was tried separately and was sentenced to six months in prison for tagging subway cars in Queens.

The trial of her boyfriend, Jim Clay Harper or “Ether” is currently pending.

During their trip the couple is said to have tagged trains and other properties in ten countries in Europe.

According to police, the graffiti damages totaled between $100,000 and $200,000 in New York City alone.

Dani and Ether were among a dying breed of talented artists creating subway car graffiti art similar to that which was commonplace in the 1980s.  While the MTA is cutting back on graffiti removal spending, it may be a while before we see the revival of the subway art movement documented in Martha Cooper’s book.

Subway Art Book

And now for my exceedingly long-overdue, yet brief, first post.

In our research to find out if a Subway Art Blog already existed prior to creating our own, we came across the Subway Art book. The book consists of hundreds of images of colorful graffiti on New York subway trains captured by two photographers in the 1980s, accompanied by short back stories. Subway Art provides a glimpse into what is unfortunately a bygone era when the exteriors of so many subway cars became animated canvases.

A very cool virtual experience of the book can be had here.