40th Anniversary Of Graffiti Art Witnesses The Discovery Of A 'Lost' Limited Edition Of Old School Graffiti Art Posters

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The 40th anniversary of the New York graffiti street art movement comes with the discovery of a remarkable series of old school graffiti collectibles posters from a 1988 limited edition representing historical masterworks by graffiti artists John CRASH Matos, Lin QUIK Felton, Melvin NOC167 Samuels and William BILL BLAST Cordero. This graffiti poster collection gives a good overview of the different graffiti styles during the 1980's. Collectors are asked to pre-registrate for the official launch on December 5th 2008.

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Dark Continent of Kings Continue The Battle Above Ground

The Graffiti Collection announces the re-release on December 5, 2008, of a recently found limited collectors' edition of four vintage graffiti art posters, representing historical old school graffiti masterworks from the 1980's by new York graffiti artists CRASH, BILL BLAST, NOC167 and QUIK. The collectibles posters were made in 1988 under the courtesy a famous graffiti art collector in The Netherlands. The posters were printed in a limited edition of 2.500 per poster under contracts with the artists. Most of them were sold during the big 'Coming From The Subway' graffiti exhibition in The Groninger Museum, The Netherlands in 1992. Twenty years after their release - at the 40th anniversary of the graffiti art movement - the remaining posters will be re-released on December 5, 2008, at http://www.thegraffiticollection.com.

The re-release takes place at a time when the first dedicated graffiti art auctions take place in famous European auction houses like Sotheby's and Art Curial.

A Short History of Graffiti Art:
1968 - The Graffiti Art Movement came into existence in the late 1960's, at the time of the famous Martin Luther King march. After his brute assassination in 1968, young kids started to bomb trains with their graffiti tags (autographs in trains). It was their claim for becoming recognized as a free individual after new hope and the opportunity for change had been taken away once more. After that, the exteriors of trains offered new opportunities and soon the beautiful sprayed graffiti trains ran through New York City like propaganda trains for the new desire for identity and recognition as an artist. Because graffiti was strictly forbidden, being a crime from 1972 onwards, it now had to take place in the middle of the night. The graffiti artist had to work at a frenzied pace, since the trains had to be up and running before dawn. During those early days the major graffiti styles developed.

1988 - "Dark Continent of Kings Continue The Battle Above Ground"
This is the title of a historical graffiti painting by Dondi White. It expressed the important emergence of graffiti street art into the art galleries and the museums during the eighties. Starting a.o. with the big show at the New York Fashion Moda Gallery in 1980, graffiti art came under the attention of galleries and museums resulting in various historical shows (mainly in the big European museums). Graffiti had become an accepted art movement.

The New York Graffiti movement was like a bomb thrown into the art world. Few genres have managed to attract so much media attention and the discussions surrounding the movement persisted. Various films, books, newspaper articles and items in the official art reviews have concerned themselves with the debate whether graffiti was art or crime. In the television film "Wild Style" (1981), graffiti is portrayed as a kind of total art, with train spray can art, break dancing, Hip Hop - and rap music constituting an invisible whole.
But despite the vast successes, graffiti gave rise to discussions. The progressives and the conservatives attacked each other with gusto in publications.

After 1985 the art worlds' interest gradually came down with a real bottom reached in 1988. There are various explanations for this drop in interest. On one hand the American art world has always been very mistrustful towards 'black' graffiti art. Even if at the start of the 1980's famous galleries like Club'57, Mudd Club, Fashion Moda, Fun Gallery and Sydney Janis promoted the graffiti genre.

2008 - In 1988 the graffiti art movement of the 1980's was documented with the release of the four limited edition graffiti posters. In 2008, graffiti art is rebuilding it's position in the art world with dedicated graffiti art auctions take place in famous European auction houses. After a record sale at Paris auction house Art Curial last February (with all time high prices for graffiti artists like CRASH, QUIK, BLADE and FUTURA 2000), new graffiti art auctions will be held at Sotheby's Amsterdam on December 3rd and Art Curial Paris on December 15.

It is in 2008, the year that the first black man was to be elected president of the U.S. - and at the 40th anniversary of the graffiti movement - that the remaining few hundred posters are to be re-launched in remembrance of the first real black 20th century modern art movement.

Collectors can pre-registrate on a priority notification list at http://www.thegraffiticollection.com to obtain this unique limited collectors' edition.

About The Graffiti Collection:
The Graffiti Collection gives information to the public about the history of graffiti art. The company is based in the Netherlands. For additional information on this release contact Frank Essink.


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