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Home Outside Tunisia Calligraffiti: 1984-2013 | 05 Sept > 05 Oct | Calligraffiti exhibition, Leila Heller Gallery, Chelsea, NY

Calligraffiti: 1984-2013 | 05 Sept > 05 Oct | Calligraffiti exhibition, Leila Heller Gallery, Chelsea, NY

Calligraffiti-1984-2013-event“Calligraffiti: 1984-2013,” an upcoming show at the Leila Heller Gallery in Chelsea opening Sept. 5

It will explore the relationship between graffiti and calligraphy with the work of nearly 50 artists, from

Jackson Pollock and Jean-Michel Basquiat to Keith Haring and his protégé “LA II” (as Angel Ortiz is known).
Many of the artists are Middle Eastern, including Shirin Neshat and Hossein Zenderoudi, and several are

street artists, like the French-Tunisian star eL Seed.

Catalogue : Download PDF

CARLA ACCARDI
ETEL ADNAN
YASMINA ALAOUI
AYAD ALKADHI
MASSOUD ARABSHAHI
ASSURBANIPAL BABILLA
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
WILLIAM BAZIOTES
BEN
ZIGI BEN-HAIM
JULIEN “KAALAM” BRETON
JEAN DEGOTTEX
JEAN DUBUFFET
MOHAMMED EHSAI
eL SEED
KEITH HARING
KEITH HARING AND LA2
HANS HARTUNG
NIR HOD
SHIRAZEH HOUSHIARY
ISIDORE ISSOU
BILL JENSEN
POURAN JINCHI
Y.Z. KAMI
FRANZ KLINE
RACHID KORAICHI
LEE KRASNER
LA2 (ANGEL ORTIZ)
FARIDEH LASHAI
L’ATLAS
EUGENE LEMAY
REZA MAFI
ANDRÉ MASSON
HASSAN MASSOUDY
GEORGES MATHIEU
NIELS “SHOE” MEULMAN
HENRI MICHAUX
FARHAD MOSHIRI
SHIRIN NESHAT
ALFONSO OSSORIO
LEILA PAZOOKI
FARAMARZ PILARAM
JACKSON POLLOCK
MEHDI QOTBI
RAMELLZEE
RETNA
ROSTARR
ROLAND SABATIER
BEHJAT SADR
NASSER AL SALEM
ALAIN SATIE
KENNY SCHARF
LOLA SCHNABEL
HADIEH SHAFIE
ESRAFIL SHIRCHI
PIERRE SOULAGES
PAT STEIR
PARVIZ TANAVOLI
TEE BEE
MARK TOBEY
CY TWOMBLY
ROB WYNNE
CHARLES HOSSEIN ZENDEROUDI

Calligraffiti-1984-2013

 

“Untitled” (2013), by eL Seed, is one of the works that will be on display in “Calligraffiti: 1984-2013.”
COURTESY OUAHID BERREHOUMA / ITINERRANCE GALLERY

 

The New Calligraffiti
The mission of the first Calligraffiti exhibition in 1984 was to present New York street art in a wider cultural and art historical context. It was fascinating to show the links between Middle Eastern calligraphic art and New York graffiti tags. It was also interesting to pair the younger graffiti artists with masters like Dubuffet and Twombly, who were inspired by the art of the streets. Thirty years later, innovations in street art are coming not just from New York, but from around the world. Some of the most important and influential new graffiti art is emerging from the Middle East and North Africa. Graffiti has become an important part of the imagery that has defined the Arab Spring. It is very timely to present a new version of Calligraffiti that celebrates the continuing influence of the pioneers of New York Wild Style graffiti and the emergence of important new artists like the French Tunisian star, eL Seed. New communications platforms like Instagram and YouTube have given street art a new resonance. Thirty years ago, the New York graffiti artists used the subway trains to communicate. A graffiti tag thrown up on a subway car in the Bronx would circulate all over the city, but it took time to spread the word beyond New York through the small number of books and films that documented the art form. Today, many of the best street artists are followed by friends who photograph and video their work and post their images seconds after the art is completed. Graffiti on a street in Cairo can be instantly communicated around the world. It is fascinating to watch how a renegade art form has become a central part of today’s political and cultural conversation.

Jeffrey Deitch

leilahellergallery.com