Guernsey's will conduct first major sale focused on the history of unique urban art form
Works by: Jean Michel Basquiat, Case 2, CoCo 144, Crash, Dondi, Flint 707, Keith Haring, Lady Pink, Phase 2, Kenny Scharf, Tracy 168 and more...
The Graffiti art movement was spawned in New York City in the late 1960's, spread throughout the world and remains a vital genre displayed in museums and discussed on the pages of leading pop cultural publications universally. Interestingly, there has never been a major auction devoted to Graffiti and related urban arts... until now! The first true auction reflecting on the hip hop generation and inner city culture will be held on June 14th and 15th at NYC's Puck Building. Guernsey's will be presenting a comprehensive auction of hundreds of lots of paintings, drawings, sculpture and constructions, photography and ephemeral materials (piece books, movie art, etc.) reflecting on the last thirty years of Graffiti. The renowned Bronx Museum of the Arts is involved with the project and will be benefiting from a gala preview held in its honor. In an effort to have the auction match the excitement of the art, many of the lots will be sold without a minimum reserve.
The majority of the important Graffiti artists - from the movements beginnings to the present - will be represented in this massive auction where small works on paper by Jean Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring can be found hung side by side twenty foot murals on canvas created by a melange of artists. Names that became legendary for appearing on the streets, subways, and galleries of the City - Case 2, CoCo 144, Crash, Dondi, Flint 707, Lady Pink, Phase 2, Kenny Scharf, Tracy 168 and Zephyr will be offered as will rare photographic prints by legendary photographers Henry Chalfant, Martha Cooper, Herb Migdol and Jack Stewart who preserved the vision of lost works for all time. Indeed, the spirit of Graffiti is seen clearly expressed in unique auction lots like the wooden entrance door to one of New York's East Village galleries where the hippest artists of the day "tagged" their presence.
Guernsey's is preparing a comprehensive auction catalogue documenting and depicting the work to be sold. To acquire the catalogue ($35 in the U.S.; $55 international) or learn more about this unprecedented event, contact the auction house at 212-794-2280. Faxes may be sent to 212-744-3638.
Bidding on line will take place on icollector.com.