Futura: The Artist’s Monograph
The most in-depth and comprehensive survey of the life and career of one of the most pioneering artists of the original graffiti generation.
Having forged his graphic style painting subways in New York within the late 1970s, Futura was once a number of the first graffiti artists to be shown in latest galleries within the early 1980s, where his paintings shared space with works by Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Kenny Scharf. As the commercialization of street culture within the 1990s inspired collaborations with fashion and way of life brands, Futura’s work moved toward a more refined expression of his abstract graffiti style. Commissions from era-defining brands such as A Bathing Ape, Stüssy, Supreme, and Mo’ Wax saw his artwork canonized as an elemental part of the street aesthetic.
Collected here, among never-before-published reproductions of in advance paintings and drawings, is an archive of personal photography and ephemera that reveals how integral Futura has been to the evolution of street art and culture. Guided through more than forty years of work, and with interviews with key players in Futura’s career, that is without delay a definitive monograph of a legend of latest art and an indispensable chapter within the history of graffiti.
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