JANETTE BECKMAN | LL COOL J (GOLD BACKGROUND). SILKSCREEN. 2017.
LL COOL J (GOLD BACKGROUND). 2017
Silkscreen. 2-Ply Museum Board. 28 x 36 inches.
Signed lower right. Numbered A/P
ARTIST'S PROOF OF A BEAUTIFUL SILKSCREEN PRINT FEATURING LL COOL J WITH HIS SIGNATURE BOOMBOX
Taken in Beckman's studio on Franklin street, this classic image was taken during what was LL's very first press shoot for DefJam. LL was only 17 or so at the time and showed up on set in his own wardrobe carrying the now-famous boombox.
British-born photographer Janette Beckman began her career at the dawn of punk rock working for music magazines The Face and Melody Maker. She shot bands from The Clash to Boy George as well as three Police album covers. Drawn to the underground Hip Hop scene, she moved to NYC in 1983 and photographed pioneers Run DMC, Slick Rick, Salt-N-Pepa, Grand Master Flash, LL COOL J and many more. Her work has been shown in galleries worldwide and is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Museum of the City of New York and the Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe. She has published five books, the latest ‘The MashUp’, curated by Cey Adams, is a collaboration with iconic New York graffiti artists reinterpreting her Hip Hop images. In 2018 she collaborated with fine art printer Gary Lichtenstein Editions to make exclusive silkscreen prints from her archive of iconic Hip Hop portraits. Beckman continues to chronicle sub-cultures of our generation and as well as working on shoots for clients such as Levis, Apple and Dior. She is represented by the Fahey Klein Gallery in Los Angeles.
Courtesy Janette Beckman