Porsche 911 hood.
New York, June 3, 2009.
Unique Collaborative Pieces Being Sold To Benefit CITYarts.
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. partnered with five famed New York City street artists participating this month in the largest U.S. exhibition of the genre, to unveil their latest works: Porsche 911 hoods.
The pieces are part of “Whole In The Wall: 1970-Now”, a group show of 150 mostly contemporary works by 19 U.S., European and South American “street artists”. In profile, they range from Old Masters of this genre — graffiti “taggers” whose controversial first works appeared on NYC subway cars in the 1970s — to painters, sculptors and photographers.
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. is the Patron of this unprecedented exhibition, collaborating with the New York City charity organization CITYarts; the artists; and the curators, Chantal and Brigitte Helenbeck of the Helenbeck Gallery, Paris.
The show opened, privately, late last week to VIP fanfare: a block-long line at the front door with an hour wait. And immediate critical acclaim online, followed by unusually glowing praise in the arts section of The New York Times, among other media outlets.
The public got its first look at the exhibition, and the commissioned Porsche 911 hoods, when it opened to everyone on Friday for its month-long run, through June 27 as reported in this NY Times article.
As a collection, the Porsche 911 hoods are colorful, whimsical and iconic. The artists, native NY graffiti writers, born between 1957 and 1966, commissioned for the Porsche collaboration, include:
BLADE: The godfather of the scene, often called the “King of Graf”;
JonOne: Whose work has evolved from ‘70s train tagging to abstract painting;
Sharp: Whose style is inspired by comic strips and ancient scripts;
Crash: An NYC graf pioneer who now has works in the Museum of Modern Art; and
Daze: Whose work today is a continuation, on canvas, of the graffiti movement.
All five works (spray paint on metal, 52” x 53” inches), are being sold for the benefit of CITYarts, a charity dedicated to engaging city children in constructive public art projects. CITYarts was chosen by Porsche Cars North America, Inc. as a partner in the collaboration because the five artists mentioned above tell varied stories of having no creative outlets as outer-borough NYC children in 1970s, and because the five artists all praise the work of CITYarts.
One hundred percent of the proceeds of all five works will be paid to CITYarts. Prices for the hoods range from $10,000 to $14,000. These works are presented courtesy of the artists and Helenbeck Gallery, the presenter of “Whole In The Wall.”
Helen Beck Gallery
“Whole In The Wall: 1970 – Now”
Through Saturday, June 27, 2009
11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesdays through Saturdays; or by appointment
529-535 W. 35th St.
New York City 10001
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