Fab 5 Freddy Bringing “New York:New Work” to Gallery 151
Starting this Wednesday, Gallery 151 at 350 Bowery will host a month-long solo exhibit by hip-hop pioneer and legendary graffiti artist Fab Five Freddy. Dubbed “New York:New Work,” Fab 5 Freddy (nay, Fred Brathwaite) tackles pointillism and mixed-media works on canvas.
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Full press release below:
Gallery 151 is honored to present the solo exhibit of Fred Brathwaite, hip-hop pioneer and legendary graffiti artist known as Fab 5 Freddy. In the early 80’s, Mr. Brathwaite was notorious for his 1980 homage to Andy Warhol, an entire subway car covered in Campbell’s soup cans. He was a creative force helping to lead the Cultural Revolution in which graffiti based artists transitioned into galleries and the art world.
On June 8th, Gallery 151 presents NEW YORK:NEW WORK, the New York debut of Brathwaite’s series of stunningly vivid mixed-media works on canvas – some figurative iconography and others an abstract exploration of his graffiti experience. Brathwaite has developed a modified pointillism technique using hand-laid lead crystals to explore and deepen the viewer’s relationship with his work. This process of embellishing the form, one grain of color at a time, is also a delicate and personal celebration of his subject. Graffiti – and it’s new manifestation, Street Art – is one of art’s most transient forms, often existing for mere days if not hours. NEW YORK:NEW WORK is not only a celebration of Brathwaite’s newest work, but also a celebrated recognition of the permanence of these works on canvas.
Brathwaite’s is currently a featured artist in MOCA’s “Art in The Streets”, the first major museum exhibition in America on the history of graffiti and street art.
Location: Gallery 151 at 350 Bowery between 4th street & Great Jones
Showing: Wednesday June 8th through Friday July 1st, 2011
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 2-8pm, Saturday & Sunday 12:30pm-7:30pm