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Video preview: Blade: King of Graffiti book

FreshPaintnyc got their hands on the new Blade book and made a nice video preview. It looking really awesome and if you did’t got your hands on his last book (which is sold out now) don’t sleep on this! The book is available for ordering now at: Amazon.com: Blade King Of Graffiti ($30.59, list price: $39.99).

BLADE has already told his life story through graffiti. Now, more than forty years into his career and armed with an incredible memory, BLADE sits down with Chris Pape to reflect on growing up in the Bronx in the turbulent 1970s, and recounts the highs and lows of his storied career, holding nothing back. BLADE is considered “The King of Graffiti” because, by 1980, after painting 5,000 wildly creative trains, he stopped counting. This book parallels the New York graffiti movement almost from its inception, moving through its glory years in the mid-1970s, when BLADE earned his title, and ending in the global art scene, where he remains a major presence. BLADE helped New York graffiti become internationally famous by making it look fun, and, for reasons of quantity, quality, and, perhaps above all, for sheer spirit, BLADE may very well be the most popular graffiti artist with his peers.

Out now! Blade King Of Graffiti, book

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Boom! The new Blade book is out now! A 256 pages dedicated to one of my all time faves! We will write a longer review of the book as soon as we got it delivered. Order it now on Amazon.com: Blade King Of Graffiti ($30.59, list price: $39.99). “Get the new book from the undisputed King of the 2s and 5s..BLADE TCF…A blast from the past…a ton of never before seen flicks from his personal collection…I got mine…you gotta get yours!! Crazy is as Crazy does!! ” – Skeme 3 Yard King BLADE has already told his life story through graffiti. Now, more than forty years into his career and armed with an incredible memory, BLADE sits down with Chris Pape to reflect on growing up in the Bronx in the turbulent 1970s, and recounts the highs and lows of his storied career, holding nothing back. BLADE is considered “The King of Graffiti” because, by 1980, after painting 5,000 wildly creative trains, he stopped counting. This book parallels the New York graffiti movement almost from its inception, moving through its glory years in the mid-1970s, when BLADE earned his title, and ending in the global art scene, where he remains a major presence. BLADE helped New York graffiti become internationally famous by making it look fun, and, for reasons of quantity, quality, and, perhaps above all, for sheer spirit, BLADE may very well be the most popular graffiti artist with his peers.
More info: Amazon.com: Blade King Of Graffiti.

City as Canvas at Museum Of The City Of New York

Photo: StreetArtNews.net

Last week the Museum Of The City Of New York open the exhibition City As A Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong collection, a documentation of the New York graffiti movement in the 80’s. The exhibition includes over 150 works on canvas, paper and photo documentation. Martin Wong donated his collection to the Museum of the City of New York in 1994, five years before his death from AIDS-related complications. The exhibition includes artists like Dondi, Lady Pink, Blade, Lee Quiñones, Zephyr, Futura 2000 and  Keith Haring. The exhibition last until the 24th of August 2014.

If you can’t visit the exhibition The New York Times wrote a review: “The closest you get to graffiti’s living spirit here is in the artists’ black, hardcover sketchbooks. In them you see the writers Blade, Daze, Crash, Sharp and others developing their signature styles and practicing their graphic skills. There’s more freshness and joyful discovery in these books than almost any of the show’s finished works.” Ken Johnson, New York Times.
There is also a great preview of the exhibition available at StreetArtNews.net.