Calligraffiti 1984/2013

Rammelzee
Decision of Sigma War, 1984
spray collage marker on board in 4 parts
32.125 x 160in 81.5 x 406cm

New YorkArt & Culture

Write On

Revisiting the symbiosis of calligraphy and graffiti...

Graffiti has been around as means of personal expression and political dissent since the ancient kingdoms and empires of Egypt, Rome and Greece, but its modern guise rose to popularity more recently, in the North and South American cities of the 1960s. An equally long-standing practice, calligraphy from the ancient lands of the Middle East ties language with art and gives voice to social commentary and dissension in a similar way.

Calligraffiti 1984/2013 is an update of an exhibition curated by L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art director Jeffrey Deitch in 1984, looking at the development of both styles and adding a host of contemporary artists to the original roster. Early expressionist works by Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock show their clear influence on later pieces by Western and Eastern artists alike. Leila Heller Gallery in New York is hosting the exhibition, as it did in 1984, and the updated collection is on view from 5 September to 5 October.

Calligraffiti 1984/2013

Charles Hossein Zenderoudi,
Untitled, 1972,
Oil on canvas,
76 x 51 in

Calligraffiti 1984/2013

Broadway and Bowery 1

Calligraffiti 1984/2013
Calligraffiti 1984/2013

Rostarr
Eclipse Mars I, 2012
sumi and watercolor ink on handmade paper
29.5 x 29.5in 74.93 x 74.93cm

Calligraffiti 1984/2013

Last Train CMJN

Calligraffiti 1984/2013

LATLAS

Calligraffiti 1984/2013

Krasner Lee
December Twenty-Second, 1980
Oil and lithographic collage on paper
22 x 29.5 in

Calligraffiti 1984/2013

Jackson Pollock,
Untitled 4, 1951
Printed 1964 Screenprint
29 x 23 in 58.4 x 73.7 cm

Calligraffiti 1984/2013

eL Seed
Untitled 2013
Acrylic on Canvas 190 x 130 cm
Courtesy Ouahid Berrehouma/
itinerrance GALLERY

Calligraffiti 1984/2013

Isou Isidore Jonas
Ou Le Debut D’Un Roman 1977
50.1 x 33.1 cm

Calligraffiti 1984/2013

Keith Haring,
Untitled (subway drawing) 1985
Chalk on paper

Calligraffiti 1984/2013

Bill Jensen
Raised Bristles III 2010-11
Oil on linen
26 x 20in 66 x 50.8 cm

Calligraffiti 1984/2013

Retna Plane

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