New York/New Wave: From Walls to Canvas
Property from the Estate of Bernard Chappard
signed, titled and dated 1989
acrylic and spray paint on canvas
40 by 35 in. (101.6 by 88.8 cm.)
This work is in fair condition overall. There are stretcher bar marks to the canvas in some areas, visible upon close inspection. There are scattered areas of stable craquelure, most notably at the lower quadrants and surrounding the stretcher bar marks, visible upon close inspection. There is cracking with associated minor flaking and pigment loss to one of the gold elements in the upper center. Under ultraviolet light, there is no evidence of restoration. Unframed.
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Philippe Briet Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1989
Futura is the street artist moniker of Leonard McGurr. McGurr began his art career as a graffiti artist in the 1970s, and exhibited at the Fun Gallery alongside his contemporaries, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The present work demonstrates Futura’s technical skill as a graffiti artist as it translates to the canvas. McGurr’s work is exhibited at Museo de Arte Moderna Bologna, the Musée de Vire in France and the Museum of the City of New York.