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TRAILER: Girl Power graffiti documentary

Girl Power is a documentary that presents female graffiti writers from fifteen cities – from Prague to Moscow, Cape Town, Sydney, Biel, Madrid, Berlin, Toulouse, Barcelona and all the way to New York. The graffiti community is predominantly a man’s world, and men often share the view that graffiti – namely the illegal kind – is not for girls. And yet women have become increasingly more emancipated in recent years; there are female graffiti shows, magazines and websites. Girl Power captures the stories of ladies who have succeeded in the male graffiti world.

However, Girl Power is more than just a look into the graffiti microcosm; it tells the moving story of Czech writer Sany, who decided in 2009 to capture female emancipation in graffiti on film and to give other girls and women the possibility to express themselves. It took her 7 long years to complete the documentary. We follow her life with graffiti, her motivation and values that keep changing as the years go by. We will also meet her family, who are absolutely unaware of Sany’s “second life”. Sany sacrifices a lot for the film, but even when she’s at the end of her tether, she refuses to give up on her dream – to make the very first movie depicting females in graffiti.

Lady Pink – Moodment Films

When Lady Pink grew up in Queens, New York she was a shy and quiet kid, but everything changed when she started to write graffiti. In the late 1970´s and beginning of 1980´s she was painting trains in NYC and had to toughen up fast when risking her life or being arrested by the police. She was the first female to break into the male-dominated graffiti scene and has been referred to as ”the first lady in graffiti”. After starring in the cult movie Wild Style she gained recognition all around the world and became a renowned fine artist. Today she looks back at the years of vandalism as the ”university for most of us all”.

City As Canvas exhibition at the MCNY

Spray Daily joined forces with the Museum of the City of New York to give you an inside look at their groundbreaking exhibition entitled “City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection.” Martin Wong, a New York City graffiti art collector and community stronghold whose life was claimed by AIDS in 1999, gifted his extensive collection of 1970s- and 1980s-era paintings, photography, black books, personal mementos and more created by legends including (but by no means limited to) Lee Quiñones, LADY PINK, Cey Adams, Keith Haring and Martha Cooper to the museum in 1994.

Twenty years later, Sean Corcoran, MCNY’s Curator of Prints and Photographs, dreamed up and curated the exhibition – which only includes a fraction of Wong’s graffiti treasure trove – to display the collection for the first time.

Though the exhibition was a long time coming, featured artist Lee Quiñones told Spray Daily that “the gestation period is appropriate at this point,” and celebrated it as an opportunity to introduce the world to graffiti as being a “wholly collectible fine art.”

If you’ll be in New York City between now and September 1st officially been extended through Labor Day. But, if you can’t make it (or, if you’re curiosity’s just been sparked), check out our video for an exclusive peek at the exhibition, its backstory and why honouring the work of graffiti’s forefathers (and mothers) is so vitally necessary to bringing the art form into the future.

If you would like to see more of the exhibition there is also a 260-page book with the same name that was released on the opening. Read more about the book and check the preview at Amazon.com: City As Canvas book.

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.