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RETNA

Untitled (Van Door)

Acrylic on aluminum
62 × 118 in
157.5 × 299.7 cm
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Condition Report: Heavy adhesive residue to the reverse; moderate rust to the edges and reverse …

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Condition Report: Heavy adhesive residue to the reverse; moderate rust to the edges and reverse with mild loss.

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RETNA
American, b. 1978
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The street and studio artist Retna, born Marquis Lewis, picked his moniker from the lyrics of a Wu Tang song that resonated with him in his youth. Retna explains that he was inspired to pursue art after seeing graffiti on the freeway, and his practice now includes street art and painting on canvas. Retna has become known for his long and geometric script, which he developed while looking towards Egyptian and Native American traditional symbols. Though his marks resemble the calligraphy of multiple cultures (and he maintains that he composes his works in English and Spanish), the writing does not belong to a particular language. Retna explains, “I want my text to feel universal. I want people from different cultures to all find some similarity in it—whether they can read it or not.”

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Condition Report: Heavy adhesive residue to the reverse; moderate rust to the edges and reverse …

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Condition Report: Heavy adhesive residue to the reverse; moderate rust to the edges and reverse with mild loss.

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RETNA
American, b. 1978
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The street and studio artist Retna, born Marquis Lewis, picked his moniker from the lyrics of a Wu Tang song that resonated with him in his youth. Retna explains that he was inspired to pursue art after seeing graffiti on the freeway, and his practice now includes street art and painting on canvas. Retna has become known for his long and geometric script, which he developed while looking towards Egyptian and Native American traditional symbols. Though his marks resemble the calligraphy of multiple cultures (and he maintains that he composes his works in English and Spanish), the writing does not belong to a particular language. Retna explains, “I want my text to feel universal. I want people from different cultures to all find some similarity in it—whether they can read it or not.”

RETNA

Untitled (Van Door)

Acrylic on aluminum
62 × 118 in
157.5 × 299.7 cm
Bidding closed
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