FUTURA Graffitti Pioneer: First NYC Exhibit in 12 Years
FUTURA is a legend. Graffiti royalty. Both a master and a pioneer. His career straddles decades and features a myriad of characters the likes of Basquiat, The Clash, Afrika Bambaataa and Keith Haring. Born and bred in NYC, his city’s subway stations provided his first illegal canvas. FUTURA continued “bombing” train cars but would also segue onto the radar of the international art world, showing around the globe. The ever-driving focus of his work and the aspect that separates him most from his peers is the pitch perfect integration of his own personal style/language with elements of the abstract. In his beginnings, he veered away from the more commonplace lettering and ventured instead toward a rhythmic almost pulsating expression. No matter his chosen medium or whether it hangs on gallery walls thousands of miles away, you can always sense his epicenter: the city’s locomotion.
The artist most recently collaborated with Hennessy, the world-leading cognac distillery, to create a very limited edition of their VS bottle bearing his signature images.
It has been nearly 12 years though since FUTURA, a.k.a. Leonard Hilton McGurr, has formally shown in New York City. Thankfully, that drought is about to end this Thursday night when Andy Valmorbida proudly presents FUTURE SHOCK, the first solo exhibition of new paintings, curated by Nemo Librizzi. The show, in collaboration with Bombardier Aerospace, RVCA Artist Network Program and VistaJet, will be on display through October 5th at 560 Washington Street.