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Foundry Vineyards' next exhibition, “Graffiti Writers,” which will open August 5, 2016 and feature works by several legendary American graffiti artists. The opening reception will be held August 5th, 2016 from 5pm-8:30pm, with an outdoor screening of the pivotal 1983 documentary “Style Wars” beginning at 8:45pm. Food from Why Not Pizza will be available for purchase prior to the start of the film.
“Graffiti Writers” was curated by Lisa Anderson from a private collection that has never been publicly exhibited. On view will be large paintings from notorious street artists: Snake 1, Min One, Stay High 149, Tracy 168, Claw, Cope 2, Clyde, King 157, Ichabod and Apex. Many of the exhibited artists were leading influencers of modern mass transit art in New York City.
Modern graffiti began in the late-1960s in Philadelphia, with its most prominent writer being CornBread, although the phenomenon emerged with intensity in New York City during the 1970s on the outside and inside of subway cars. Urban youth would scratch, write, and paint their names all over the city using magic markers and spray paint. The reasons for creating these tags are as numerous as the writing styles. Some use graffiti as an activity, which helped steer them away from neighborhood gang life, while others competed with their friends to see how much they could “get up”. The danger and adrenaline of tagging large moving canvases while evading the authorities was most certainly a draw, but the most basic and universal reason for creating graffiti was as a means of self-expression.
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