By Andrew Witten, Michael White
"In the start, there has been the be aware. at the streets and within the yards, the notice used to be the identify. And the identify was once every little thing. It was once character and position, shape and content material, fact and fiction. The identify was once an act of self-invention, a natural visible manifestation, via modify ego, alias, and nom de plume, of non-public expressions within the public realm. The identify was once a line and the road begat the Mark. Then, within the nice variety wars towards the top of the second one millennium, medium, which means, and message have been joined in a golden period the place the identify grew to become the resource and signifier of favor. And whilst the identify grew to become wild type, the note was once Dondi."
-- from the Foreword
The dominance of the graffiti aesthetic in modern tradition is indisputable. yet how did an artwork shape spawned within the teach yards of Seventies manhattan in achieving the ubiquity it now enjoys at each point of the mass-media panorama? there are various solutions to the query, yet one significant factor is undeniable: Dondi White.
Coming of age in hardscrabble East ny within the early Seventies, Dondi White unknowingly begun the method of introducing an entire new inventive dialect into the cacophony of the yank artwork scene. His teach items painted from approximately 1977 to 1982 stand as the most influential works ever dedicated to Transit Authority metal. Writing with mythical companions similar to DURO, NOC 167, child fifty six, KEL 139, and FUZZ ONE, Dondi created a few of graffiti art's so much enduring iconography. His items simply do not cease -- and neither do the aliases. From the badass Mr. Whites to the cocky, self-satisfied Busses, from the nasty Pres to the precise, vicious Rolls, Dondi instantly killed it, repeatedly. Works like Children of the Grave half 2 and Mr White + Bev stay benchmark items for graffiti aficionados the area over.
In the Nineteen Eighties, partly via his collaborations with famous photographers Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper, Dondi White's paintings entered the rarefied international of good artwork. In making the transition from subway vehicle to canvas, Dondi retained his unfaltering experience of letter shape and stability, and his work stay a testomony to the readability of his aesthetic. Dondi's canvases have been therefore proven in galleries from long island to Amsterdam to Tokyo and past, influencing a brand new new release of younger artists and introducing an indigenous American paintings shape to the remainder of the world.
Dondi White: variety grasp General provides the lifestyles and paintings of a seminal -- but heretofore missed -- American artist whose paintings has resonated on each point of our pop culture. choked with infrequent images, unique sketches, unpublished interview fabrics, and testimony from a few of Dondi's closest cohorts, the following, ultimately, is the whole tale. on the time of his dying in 1998, Dondi had noticeable the vast majority of his paintings destroyed -- scraped off, painted over, or chemically faraway from the metal upon which it thrived. inside of those pages, despite the fact that, it nonetheless speaks volumes.