By Virginia Villari
Yesterday, May 8th 2014, was the opening of the first Italian solo show of Blade, the legendary pioneer of graffiti writing.
To celebrate its first birthday, Varsi Gallery in Rome paid homage to the precursor of one of the main urban cultural trends, straight from NYC.
In the late 70s Blade started bombing New York’s subway trains, going to underground subway deposits and ending up painting (illegally) over 5000 trains. Blade believes art should be accessible to everybody and, for this reasons, city walls and public transportation became his canvases.
The exhibition, curated by Marta Gargiulo, focuses on the evolution of lettering that has informed Blade’s work from the 70s till today. The gallery’s space has been transformed into a NY’s subway station, featuring benches, maps and, of course, graffiti writing!
Today, this pivotal artist’s work is present in museums such as MOCA in LA and Palais de Tokyo in Paris, along with many private collections.
King of Graf will be on view at Varsi Gallery until June 26th 2014. Go check it out!