A Second Time Around in NYC for Jeffrey Deitch and “Calligraffiti”

Jeffrey Deitch is back in NYC, and like the tag-bombing graffiti artists referenced in his latest show, he wasted no time in making his mark on his new, old city. Since announcing resignation from his position as director at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, all eyes have been on Deitch, whose return to the East Coast begins with a new exhibition at Leila Heller’s Chelsea gallery, “Calligraffiti 1984/2013”.

The show first took place in 1980s (held at Heller’s former uptown gallery) and 30 years later, looks at street art and calligraphy in modern context. “Just as the graffiti movement emerged from the economic and social turmoil of the 1970s in New York,” Heller said, “it is now no surprise that some of the most groundbreaking street art is burgeoning all across the Middle East.”

Bringing together 50 works by artists from Keith Haring to Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jackson Pollock to Lee Krasner, eL Seed to Shirin Neshat, the show examines artistic movements across cultures and the global impact of street art and calligraphy.“Today new communications platforms like Instagram and YouTube have given street art a new resonance,” Deitch said—and it’s true. A lot has transpired from the time the first calligraphers and scribes drew written word as art—to the first aerosol spray paint graffiti of the ’70s—to today, when Arabic script, reborn as abstract shapes, can exist as a revolutionary art form. [Source]

“Calligraffiti 1984/2013” is on view at Leila Heller Gallery from September 5th through October 5th, 2013.

View the exhibition on Artsy.

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