From The Clash to Mo’ Wax, a peer of Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf… New York street artist pioneer Futura has long led the way with his inimitable abstract aesthetic. The Introspective exhibition, hosted by Galerie Magda Danysz in Paris, represents a unique opportunity to step into the mind of an artist who continues to inspire with unorthodox flair. A bona fide member of the urban art aristocracy, Futura has been at it since the 1970s when he went by the forward-looking handle Futura 2000.
The New Yorker came to the attention of the French for his work at The Clash’s 1981 concert in Mogador, and from the beginning his work has been notable for not using letters – unusual in the tag-led graffiti realm and ironic considering he shares a name with a typeface – and is thought to have been the first artist to do a “whole car” train carriage work in this style. The Introspective collection employs Futura’s distinctive look, creating a colourful universe of abstract backgrounds punctuated with atom-like planets. The never-seen-before works are on view until 26 July.