Urban Spree Galerie and Art-Together present: « Futura: The 5 Elements », a solo exhibition of new works by Lenny McGurr, a.k.a. Futura 2000.
The Opening Reception will be in Berlin on Friday January 11th, 2019, in presence of the artist.
The exhibition is one of the largest solo exhibitions of Futura to date with more than 60 original paintings on display.
« The 5 Elements » is not a retrospective show. On the contrary, Futura worked specifically on a large museum-style conceptual exhibition, tackling the ambitious theme of the Creation of the Universe, confronting himself to the cosmos, the planets, the infinitely small, the Big Bang and the fundamental elements, producing a corpus of works that becomes a personal path to the exploration of the universe and of course of Futura’s internal galaxy.
The works are displayed starting by the Big Bang, going through the birth of the solar system and to our perception of the 4 elements.
The works have been produced in early 2018 in Lille, France, during a residency organized by Art-Together, a newly launched ambitious platform for the development of urban contemporary arts.
A set of 4 exclusive silk screen prints are being released on the Opening Night. The set is based on the painting series « Pure ». Each 8-color screen print is hand-pulled by Dolly Demoratti (Mother Drucker/Urban Spree Studio), signed and numbered by Futura. The 50 x 50 cm prints are only sold as a limited edition of 100 sets.
A 128-page companion book titled « Futura, les 5 éléments », will also be released in Berlin on the Opening Night and will be signed by the artist. More than an exhibition catalogue, the book intends to share the creative path of the residency and provides scientific explanation to the series of paintings.
About the artist:
Futura is an American visual artist, born Lenny McGurr in NYC in 1955. He is recognized as one of the first modern-era graffiti writers, and the pioneer of the abstract graffiti genre. Passionate about science fiction, he chose his moniker « Futura 2000 » when he started graffiti at 15 in reference to Stanley Kubrick’s movie « 2001 – A Space Odyssey ».
He started painting the NYC subways in the early 1970s and was the first writer to paint a whole car in the abstract graffiti style which became his signature. He was part of the famed exhibition « New York/New Wave » in 1981 at the P.S.1 (Institute for Art and Urban Resources, Inc.) together with Basquiat (a.k.a. SAMO), Haring, Crash, Quick, Dondi and Kenny Scharf. He had numerous solo and group exhibitions and is also actively involved in street wear and fashion.
Futura: The 5 Elements
11.01.2019 – 24.02.2019
Opening Reception: Friday, January 11th, 2019 from 18:00 in presence of the artist
Opening Hours: Tu-Su 12:00-19:00
Urban Spree Galerie
Revaler Str. 99
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