Phase 2

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One of the original New York subway graffiti artists, Phase 2 (a.k.a. Lonny Wood) is credited with pioneering the bubble letters now widespread in graffiti art, also known as “softies”, as well as introducing the arrow motif. Wood grew up in the …

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[LOGO SCULPTURE], 2002
Sold on Sep 15, 2020
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Three-layer, dual-sided relief sculpture (4 x 8 ft). Spraypaint on plywood, with acrylic skulls and bubbles attached to panels.
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Auction Sale
Sep 15, 2020
Sotheby's
Description
Three-layer, dual-sided relief sculpture (4 x 8 ft). Spraypaint on plywood, with acrylic skulls and bubbles attached to panels. From his distinctive flyers promoting parties in the Bronx, to his masterful aerosol calligraphy, to being one of the first writers to begin making the move from subway cars to canvas, was as influential as he was enigmatic. He was also known as a sometime D.J., dancer and a founder of the New York City Breakers crew, and an emcee. In the late 1970s, was a member of a crew called the Wizards, and in 1982 released a pair of singles, “The Roxy” (the storied nightclub for which he did flyers) and “Beach Boy.” Charlie Ahearn, the director of the 1983 film “Wild Style,” has said that was the basis for the film’s main character, Phade (played by Fab 5 Freddy).   His restless and ever-evolving artwork laid the groundwork for a growing inner-city culture that became a worldwide phenomenon. A first-generation ‘writer’ with roots in the NYC subway art movement, he was an innovator of what he called “wild lettering.” In 1972 he pioneered the “softie” (bubble) letter used in the earliest subway “pieces” and introduced arrows, curls, twists and other connections that became universal visual elements in the worldwide movement. From rap’s beginnings, was present, from the park jams to the clubs. He rhymed and chanted with his original crooning style rap flow. Through his dance crew, Electrified Movement, he introduced the B-boy world to battle (up) rocking and other styles. He assembled one of the most important B-boy crews (The New York City Breakers). He elevated the aesthetic of Hip Hop flyers with his often imitated “funky nous deco” style, introducing the “whole drawing” concept - thick marker borders and thin ink lines to construct connecting geometric shapes to mirror theater marquees and a syncopated placement of various fonts and sizes of press type; original ink drawings, photo collages, silhouettes and wordsmith slogans were part of his trademark style. formed a decade partnership with IGTimes, the premiere, international street art publication where he edited, art directed and wrote critically about the culture. In 1996 his book, Style: Writing from the UnderGround was published. In 1994 he received the “Source Award” for his significant contribution to the culture. Always an innovator, he set the bar for contemporary urban art. A style master whose works first focused on language, the letter, communication and then beyond to “unspoken words” and to themes of self-discovery and inner strength. strode to be an underground artist, building his own worldwide network to advance his artistic narrative. In 2000, The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame organized an exhibition presented at the Brooklyn Museum entitled Hip-Hop Nation: Roots, Rhymes, and Rage, which included a dozen of 's historic late 1970s/early 1980s party fliers, along with their original artwork. Wanting to include something much larger from as well, they commissioned the present sculpture. Instead of rendering one of his classic "softie"-style pieces, or one of his ever-evolving lettering canvases, he chose to construct this floating, dual-sided wooden "logo" relief. began creating wood reliefs in the mid-1980s as extensions of his visual symbolics, and continued to create them into the millenium.  also played a crucial role in the organization of the related conference "Hip Hop: A Cultural Expression", which took place at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, where he was featured on several panels, and wrote the essay "Aerosol Writing" for the events catalogue, The Four Elements of Hip Hop. The present "logo" has a strong resemblance to his wild lettering abstractions and extensions of the letter "P".  This sale marks the artist's auction debut.  For an excellent interview of done by Jerome Harris, see: https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/in-the-late-70s-in-the-bronx-phase-2s-party-flyers-created-a-visual-language-for-hip-hop/ EXHIBITED: Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, Hip-Hop Nation: Roots, Rhymes, and Rage, (10 city-tour, 1999-2002), including at: Brooklyn Museum of Art, September 22, 2000-December 31, 2000 PROVENANCE: Courtesy David Schmidlapp
[LOGO SCULPTURE], 2002
Three-layer, dual-sided relief sculpture (4 x 8 ft). Spraypaint on plywood, with acrylic skulls and bubbles attached to panels.
Sep 15, 2020
Sotheby's
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Auction Sale
Sep 15, 2020
Sotheby's
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Description
Three-layer, dual-sided relief sculpture (4 x 8 ft). Spraypaint on plywood, with acrylic skulls and bubbles attached to panels. From his distinctive flyers promoting parties in the Bronx, to his masterful aerosol calligraphy, to being one of the first writers to begin making the move from subway cars to canvas, was as influential as he was enigmatic. He was also known as a sometime D.J., dancer and a founder of the New York City Breakers crew, and an emcee. In the late 1970s, was a member of a crew called the Wizards, and in 1982 released a pair of singles, “The Roxy” (the storied nightclub for which he did flyers) and “Beach Boy.” Charlie Ahearn, the director of the 1983 film “Wild Style,” has said that was the basis for the film’s main character, Phade (played by Fab 5 Freddy).   His restless and ever-evolving artwork laid the groundwork for a growing inner-city culture that became a worldwide phenomenon. A first-generation ‘writer’ with roots in the NYC subway art movement, he was an innovator of what he called “wild lettering.” In 1972 he pioneered the “softie” (bubble) letter used in the earliest subway “pieces” and introduced arrows, curls, twists and other connections that became universal visual elements in the worldwide movement. From rap’s beginnings, was present, from the park jams to the clubs. He rhymed and chanted with his original crooning style rap flow. Through his dance crew, Electrified Movement, he introduced the B-boy world to battle (up) rocking and other styles. He assembled one of the most important B-boy crews (The New York City Breakers). He elevated the aesthetic of Hip Hop flyers with his often imitated “funky nous deco” style, introducing the “whole drawing” concept - thick marker borders and thin ink lines to construct connecting geometric shapes to mirror theater marquees and a syncopated placement of various fonts and sizes of press type; original ink drawings, photo collages, silhouettes and wordsmith slogans were part of his trademark style. formed a decade partnership with IGTimes, the premiere, international street art publication where he edited, art directed and wrote critically about the culture. In 1996 his book, Style: Writing from the UnderGround was published. In 1994 he received the “Source Award” for his significant contribution to the culture. Always an innovator, he set the bar for contemporary urban art. A style master whose works first focused on language, the letter, communication and then beyond to “unspoken words” and to themes of self-discovery and inner strength. strode to be an underground artist, building his own worldwide network to advance his artistic narrative. In 2000, The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame organized an exhibition presented at the Brooklyn Museum entitled Hip-Hop Nation: Roots, Rhymes, and Rage, which included a dozen of 's historic late 1970s/early 1980s party fliers, along with their original artwork. Wanting to include something much larger from as well, they commissioned the present sculpture. Instead of rendering one of his classic "softie"-style pieces, or one of his ever-evolving lettering canvases, he chose to construct this floating, dual-sided wooden "logo" relief. began creating wood reliefs in the mid-1980s as extensions of his visual symbolics, and continued to create them into the millenium.  also played a crucial role in the organization of the related conference "Hip Hop: A Cultural Expression", which took place at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, where he was featured on several panels, and wrote the essay "Aerosol Writing" for the events catalogue, The Four Elements of Hip Hop. The present "logo" has a strong resemblance to his wild lettering abstractions and extensions of the letter "P".  This sale marks the artist's auction debut.  For an excellent interview of done by Jerome Harris, see: https://eyeondesign.aiga.org/in-the-late-70s-in-the-bronx-phase-2s-party-flyers-created-a-visual-language-for-hip-hop/ EXHIBITED: Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, Hip-Hop Nation: Roots, Rhymes, and Rage, (10 city-tour, 1999-2002), including at: Brooklyn Museum of Art, September 22, 2000-December 31, 2000 PROVENANCE: Courtesy David Schmidlapp
Betty's Office, 2010
Sold on Nov 9, 2016
$937
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53% est
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Work on Paper
aerosol paint, watercolor, crayon, marker and collage on paper
76.0 x 57.0 cm
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$937
Auction Sale
Nov 9, 2016
Doyle New York
Description
Betty's Office, 2010
aerosol paint, watercolor, crayon, marker and collage on paper
Nov 9, 2016
Doyle New York
$937
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53% est
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Work on Paper
76.0 x 57.0 cm
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Nov 9, 2016
Doyle New York
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$937
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Phase 2
Sold on Mar 30, 2016
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Painting
spray paint on canvas
152.4 x 95.25 in
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Price not available
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Mar 30, 2016
RoGallery.com
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Phase 2
spray paint on canvas
Mar 30, 2016
RoGallery.com
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152.4 x 95.25 in
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Mar 30, 2016
RoGallery.com
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Sans titre
Sold on Oct 29, 2015
€30,912
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24% est
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Painting
spraypaint on canvas
170.0 x 80.01 in
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€30,912
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Oct 29, 2015
Piasa
Description
Sans titre
spraypaint on canvas
Oct 29, 2015
Piasa
€30,912
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24% est
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Painting
170.0 x 80.01 in
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Oct 29, 2015
Piasa
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€30,912
Sans titre, 1984
Sold on Oct 29, 2015
€29,624
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Increase
69% est
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Work on Paper
marker on panel
153.01 x 135.0 in
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Realized Price
€29,624
Auction Sale
Oct 29, 2015
Piasa
Description
Sans titre, 1984
marker on panel
Oct 29, 2015
Piasa
€29,624
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69% est
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Work on Paper
153.01 x 135.0 in
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Oct 29, 2015
Piasa
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€29,624
Sans titre, 1985
Sold on Oct 29, 2015
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Painting
spraypaint on canvas
378.0 x 143.99 in
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Price not available
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Oct 29, 2015
Piasa
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Sans titre, 1985
spraypaint on canvas
Oct 29, 2015
Piasa
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378.0 x 143.99 in
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Oct 29, 2015
Piasa
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Untitled
Sold on Feb 16, 2015
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Painting
spray paint on canvas
89.99 x 72.01 in
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Price not available
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Feb 16, 2015
Fine Art Auctions Miami
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Untitled
spray paint on canvas
Feb 16, 2015
Fine Art Auctions Miami
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89.99 x 72.01 in
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Feb 16, 2015
Fine Art Auctions Miami
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Untitled
Sold on Feb 16, 2015
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Painting
spray paint on canvas
64.01 x 89.99 in
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Feb 16, 2015
Fine Art Auctions Miami
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Untitled
spray paint on canvas
Feb 16, 2015
Fine Art Auctions Miami
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64.01 x 89.99 in
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Feb 16, 2015
Fine Art Auctions Miami
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Graffiti is passe + obsolete, 1984
Sold on Feb 4, 2015
€2,860
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91% est
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Sculpture
felt tip pen on paper
29.49 x 20.8 in
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Realized Price
€2,860
Auction Sale
Feb 4, 2015
Artcurial
Description
Graffiti is passe + obsolete, 1984
felt tip pen on paper
Feb 4, 2015
Artcurial
€2,860
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91% est
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Sculpture
29.49 x 20.8 in
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Feb 4, 2015
Artcurial
Realized Price
€2,860
Untitled
Sold on Feb 18, 2014
$9,375
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31% est
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Painting
spray paint on canvas
162.56 x 228.6 in
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Realized Price
$9,375
Auction Sale
Feb 18, 2014
Fine Art Auctions Miami
Description
Untitled
spray paint on canvas
Feb 18, 2014
Fine Art Auctions Miami
$9,375
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31% est
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Painting
162.56 x 228.6 in
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Auction Sale
Feb 18, 2014
Fine Art Auctions Miami
Realized Price
$9,375