Fab 5 Freddy (Fred Brathwaite), ‘Tags/Drawing’, 1984, Doyle
Fab 5 Freddy (Fred Brathwaite), ‘Tags/Drawing’, 1984, Doyle
Fab 5 Freddy (Fred Brathwaite), ‘Tags/Drawing’, 1984, Doyle
Fab 5 Freddy (Fred Brathwaite), ‘Tags/Drawing’, 1984, Doyle
Fab 5 Freddy (Fred Brathwaite), ‘Tags/Drawing’, 1984, Doyle

Framed: 48 x 56 1/2 inches.

Brooklyn’s own Fred Brathwaite, better known as Fab 5 Freddy, first gained notoriety in the late 1970s as a pioneering graffiti artist. Perhaps most notably, beginning in 1988, Brathwaite hosted Yo! MTV Raps, the television program that helped grow hip-hop culture from NYC phenomenon into a global trend.

Dating from 1984, Tags/Drawing is emblematic not only of Fab 5 Freddy’s shift from subway to gallery, but for all of ‘80s graffiti. Brathwaite was one of only a few who were able to transition away from illegal street art, recontextualizing the rawness of graffiti into a conventional fine art gallery setting. Fun Gallery, where Tags/Drawing was shown, launched the careers of Keith Haring, Basquiat, Dondi White, Kenny Scharf and others—a genre-defining scene of which Brathwaite was an intrinsic part. —Courtesy of Doyle

Please not that this work has cracquelure within black aerosol pigment. Canvas is not stretched; laid flat to backing, apparently as originally exhibited. Canvas shows some rippling as a result. For additional questions, please contact specialist@artsy.net.

Signature: Signed F. Brathwaite and with artist's device, dated 9/84 and inscribed For Brooke Adams on the backing

Image rights: Courtesy of Doyle

Fun Gallery, New York

Fun Gallery, New York

About Fab 5 Freddy (Fred Brathwaite)