Bronx-born graffiti artist Jeff Brown, a.k.a. Kase2, was known for tagging subway cars in 1970s New York. This marker drawing, titled after the collective he belonged to, The Fantastic Partners (or TFP Crew), was used to plan one such piece.
Kase2 and his peers “were taking the city as a canvas and doing things that were mostly illegal—you were not supposed to paint the subway cars or do great frescoes on empty walls across the city,” Cherix noted. Before acquiring the drawing, Gilbert B. Silverman looked at those murals and wondered how graffiti artists were able to execute such detailed, elaborate work; that led him to seek out pieces like this one.
“Of course, it’s very hard to collect a subway car, and most of those interventions have disappeared,” Cherix added. While some of the works still exist through photographs and maybe even fragments, Cherix said that “this is a very nice way to bring these works into our collection, to have the works on paper that really helped the artist to make their work in the city itself.”