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LEE QUINONES- From Spraycan Art Archives of
Henry Chalfant & James Prigoff
Now offered at pre-publication price of $300 each till Dec 31, 2012. Published by DirtyPilot Editions
From the archives of Henry Chalfant, James Prigoff "LEE Handball Court" C-Prints. Originally published in The All Time Graffiti Classic Spraycan Art. (Published by Thames and Hudson-London-1987). Each Cibachrome print is an edition of 100 and measures a healthy 20" x16" .
Printed on high quality photographic paper. Each photo comes hand signed in marker by LEE Quinones, Henry Chalfant and James Prigoff.
Of the few mavericks from the Subway art era that make the cut based on their iconic breakthroughs, not one thing has weathered the test of time and stood guard more while announcing the movements presence than the Handball court paintings of (LEE) Quinones. In short, Lee was well known for his rapid end to end Subway whole car paintings before these walls, which meant that he had traversed high barriers by 1978 to achieve what he did with these standing street masterpieces. Like towering tablets of a bygone mythological era, NYC's Lower East Side Handball courts attracted Lee's eyes to serve as beacons in literally ushering in an art movement and its underground brethren to the open world above.
That open world being the alternative downtown art scene. Vibrant and vanguardist as the walls were at the time, arguably they were the templates for todays offshoot street art movement since they inspired the late Keith Haring's "Crack is Wack" handball wall paintings among others shortly after. Marinate on this for a minute, under the cover of darkness, armed with bags of fat capped Spray paint cans, a track workers ladder, and a fierce determination within a mere 10 hour window, Lee pulled off each wall in grand splendor to the delight of his fellow Lower East Siders, contemporaries, the authorities and the world there after. The walls are now gone but their impact surely etched in New York art history. That being said, here for the first time available, are three LEE walls created during that pivotal period of 1978-1982 as a fine Limited edition C print from the archives of Jim Prigoff and Henry Chalfant, two very important soldiers in their documental feat. Add to this the fact that each and every print will be signed and numbered by Jim Prigoff, Henry Chalfant and Lee himself, thereby sealing their authenticity. A great Christmas and Three Kings Day gift.
Available now! (January 2013 price will be $400 each)