DTLA ART SHOW TO SPOTLIGHT PROLIFIC ‘90s HIP-HOP PHOTOGRAPHERS: Exhibit to feature select, never-before-seen art; a portion of proceeds to benefit Art Share L.A.

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Paper Planes Collective, a marketing and events firm, and APT.4B™a streetwear concept shop, have partnered to present, "Ruff, Rugged and Raw"; (#RuffRuggedRaw) a special ‘90s themed Hip-hop photography exhibit featuring the legendary works of Danny Hastings, Brian Cross (aka B+), and Xiouping in downtown Los Angeles.

“We’re grateful for community-minded partners like Paper Planes that recognize the importance of spotlighting diversity in the arts; of making the enjoyment of art accessible to all,” said Executive Director of Art Share L.A. Cheyanne Sauter.

“We’re grateful for community-minded partners like Paper Planes that recognize the importance of spotlighting diversity in the arts; of making the enjoyment of art accessible to all,” said Executive Director of Art Share L.A. Cheyanne Sauter.

“The history of Hip-hop needs to be acknowledged and celebrated. Born out of African American culture, Hip-hop has transcended time and race and is the fabric of not only urban communities but of popular culture everywhere,” said Alma Tilghman, owner of Paper Planes Collective. “Ruff, Rugged and Raw is a personal passion project; it’s my way of giving back to the communities that inspired and supported the evolution Hip-hop.”

About the Artists
Listed in Complex Magazine as one of the 15 rap photographers every rap fan should know, Danny Hastings has shot more than 150 album covers. His most notable work includes Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, Big Pun’s Capital Punishment, and Nas’ I am, among others. NYC-based Hastings works on various projects and directs the Official Latino Short Film Festival.

Brian Cross (aka B+) Director of Photography for the Academy Award–nominated documentary, “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” and former Photo Editor of Rap Pages Magazine, B+ has photographed more than 100 album covers for artists such as Eazy-E, J Dilla, The Roots, and Tribe Called Quest. His photos have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Vibe, The Fader, and many others.

Xiouping has created an abundance of classic ‘90s era, never released, behind the scenes Hip-hop images of artists including Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z, and Mobb Deep, to name a few. California native, Xiouping resides in Venice Beach. Her latest project is a multimedia work-in-progress titled, "Reconstruction of the Destruction, an Analogue Time Capsule.”

About the Exhibit
“Ruff, Rugged and Raw” is open to the public and runs September 6 -10, 2017, during gallery hours at Art Share L.A. in Downtown Los Angeles. The artist reception, sponsored by Hennessy, takes place on Saturday, September 9, from 6p.m. to 11p.m. which will include a Q&A with the photographers moderated by Tracii McGregor, former Vice President, Content & Communications, The Source. RSVP is required for artist reception. The exhibition will also host a gallery installation by Xiouping.

About Paper Planes Collective
Paper Planes Collective is a Los Angeles based marketing and events firm that specializes in working with nonprofit organizations whose mission is to increase diversity in the arts.

About APT.4B™
Located in LA’s famed streetwear district on Fairfax Ave, APT.4B is a concept shop using its clothing brand and storefront as a vehicle to pay homage to ‘90s era NYC.

About Art Share L.A.
Art Share L.A. offers affordable housing, studios, and performance space for qualifying artists which makes it a unique and much-needed force in the development of artists not fortunate enough to have the backing of a major gallery or wealthy patron.

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