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HENRY CHALFANT

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Starting out as a sculptor in New York in the 1970s, Chalfant turned to photography and film to do an in-depth study of hip-hop culture and graffiti art. One of the foremost authorities on New York subway art,and other aspects of urban youth culture, his photographs record hundreds of ephemeral, original art works that have long since vanished. His archive of over 1,500 photographs is represented exclusively by Eric Firestone Gallery, New York and East Hampton. Exhibits of his photos include the O.K. Harris Gallery and the landmark ‘New York-New Wave’ show at P.S. l, and important galleries and museums in Europe. He has co-authored the definitive account of New York graffiti art, Subway Art (Holt Rinehart Winston, N.Y. 1984) and a sequel on the art form’s world-wide diffusion, Spray Can Art (Thames and Hudson Inc. London, 1987).
In 2016, his solo-exhibition at Eric Firestone Gallery “Henry Chalfant: 1980” was accompanied by a monumental catalog featuring 30 full-color plates of Chalfant’s subway photographs, along with essays by cultural critic Carlo McCormick, hip hop pioneer Fab 5 Freddy, famed graffiti writer and artist Lee Quinones, graffiti historian and former writer Jayson Edlin, and Henry Chalfant.

 

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Tendo começado como escultor em Nova York na década de 1970, Chalfant se voltou para a fotografia e o cinema de forma a fazer um estudo aprofundado da cultura hip-hop e da arte do graffiti. Considerado um dos maiores nomes na arte do metro de Nova York e em outros aspectos da cultura jovem urbana, suas fotos registram centenas de obras de arte originais e efêmeras que desapareceram há muito tempo. Seu arquivo de mais de 1.500 fotografias é representado exclusivamente por Eric Firestone Gallery, New York e East Hampton. As exibições de suas fotos incluem o O.K. Harris Gallery e o famoso show ‘New York-New Wave’ no P.S. l, e importantes galerias e museus da Europa. Ele é co-autor do relato definitivo da arte do graffiti de Nova York, Subway Art (Holt Rinehart Winston, N.Y. 1984) e uma sequência da difusão mundial da forma de arte, Spray Can Art (Thames and Hudson Inc. Londres, 1987).
Em 2016, sua exposição individual na Eric Firestone Gallery “Henry Chalfant: 1980” teve um catálogo monumental com 30 fotografias coloridas de metros por Chalfant, junto com ensaios do crítico cultural Carlo McCormick, pioneiro do hip hop Fab 5 Freddy, do famoso grafiteiro e artista Lee Quinones, do historiador do grafite e ex-escritor Jayson Edlin e Henry Chalfant.




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