|In time for Art Basel, EAST Miami will become home to a selection of historic 1980s graffiti works curated by Museum of Graffiti. Set to be unveiled in the hotel’s lobby on November 29th and displayed until December 31st, the exclusive collection features works by 1980s street legends who were at the forefront of shaping this movement such as Fab 5 Freddy, Delta 2, Blade, Quik, Kel and more.
With pieces created by exclusively BIPOC artists, the collection will transport visitors to the era when Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat ruled the streets of Manhattan’s Lower East Side creating an urban movement that continues to heavily impact art and culture today. Fab 5 Freddy’s sprawling paintings are from the time when the graffiti artist was truly emerging as a world renown rapper, a video and TV-commercial director, a screenwriter, a film scorer, actor, lecturer, and MTV television personality. His works including “Canjun Lady” and “Multiple Tasks” will be displayed at the exhibition.
Adding to the exhibition will be a resin sculpture named “Love Gloves” by OG Slick. He became a defining force in the West Coast’s contribution to graffiti worldwide when he infused his childhood fascination with American and Japanese popular culture with lettering and street art to create giant, larger-than-life sculptures. Moreover, Blade, known as the King of Graffiti, is one of the pioneers who painted over 5,000 New York City subway cars between 1972 and 1980 with his very own style as there were few people doing this before him to provide any guidance or inspiration. The art piece “Superstarz” exhibited at the hotel is one of his iconic creations. (edited)