CRIME 79, Titled "American Graffiti" Black Book Drawing. From 2014.
Size measures 14"× 11". Marker on paper.
"Roaming around storage areas are often where I often spend my days, and where I have made many of my best personal discoveries. It was in the archives of the Museum of the City of New York that I first came across the treasure trove of black books that came to be featured in the recent exhibition and companion publication City as Canvas.
When Dirty Pilot asked me to look around their virtual “back pages” to look for a selection of overlooked gems, I gladly accepted. What is better than the thrill of the hunt? The results are a selection of work from the “back room” that are exceptional pieces by some of the masters of this art form – be it the iconic tag of TAKI 183, the psychedelic bubble stylings of PART ONE, or the comic book influenced spray can man and “Jack Kirby krackle” of DR. REVOLT,
Regardless of whether these treasures are created with pens, markers, paint, or spray paint, the common thread is lettering. It was the origin and will always be at the heart of this particular art form.
My treasure hunt is now yours to enjoy. Make a few discoveries of you own."
Sean Corcoran, Curator at Museum of the City of New York
More about the show at MCNY - http://www.mcny.org/content/city-canvas
Born in New York City’s Hells Kitchen in the revolutionary 60’s and growing up in the crime ridden streets of East New York Brooklyn during the 70’s. “ Crime79” conceptualized at an early age the power of art as the true voice of the unheard.
A controversial and defiant artist. Crime79’s works are mostly defined as simply revolutionary. His messages provide a dosage of consciousness that force the viewer to think. Drawing since a child he started painting on subways in 1977 and is considered a true pioneer. His works are documented in Subway Art the true bible of street art as well as documentaries, films, music videos, publications worldwide. His works have been seen in The Source Magazine, Art News, Print, Warp Magazine , Stress Magazine , The Village Voice, BET Television etc. Crime79 is one of the early artists to transition from the subway era into the gallery scene in the early 80’s