New York versus Amsterdam
The best exhibition recently devoted to graffiti writing was City as Canvas – graffiti art from the Martin Wong collection, a major retrospective organized by the Museum of the City of New York in 2014. Those who could not visit this show can now have their revenge and travel to Amsterdam, between September 18th 2015 to Januaery 24th 2016, for admiring Graffiti. New York meets the Dam, an exhibition that will open in the Amsterdam Museum on 18 September.
This is a real first: no one exhibition has been before dedicated solely to graffiti in New York and Amsterdam. Featuring more than 200 objects, the exhibition tells the story of how graffiti reigned supreme in 1980s New York and reached across the ocean to inspire Amsterdam graffiti writers too. The Amsterdam Museum has joined forces with The Museum of the City of New York to bring works by big New York names like Keith Haring, Crash, Futura 2000, Lee Quiñones, Daze and Lady Pink to the Netherlands for this unique exhibition. Their story will be added to with work from the Amsterdam graffiti scene. This will include work that has never been exhibited before, by graffiti artists like Shoe, Delta and Cat22, plus photographic and video material, sketch books (‘black books’) and objects like clothing. The exhibition will run up to and including 24 January 2016.
Graffiti. New York meets the Dam explores graffiti as a cultural phenomenon. The exhibition will show how Amsterdam graffiti artists (‘writers’) like Shoe and Delta were influenced by American artists like Lee Quiñones, Dondi and Rammellzee in the 1980s. The 1970s will feature too, being the time when Dr. Rat and Hugo Kaagman were active in the city. The exhibition will use historic visual material and objects like denim jackets and black books to chart the development of graffiti from a street phenomenon to an accepted artistic movement. The exhibition will also shed light on the difference between graffiti and street art. Graffiti. New York meets the Dam will show how a young generation was able to change the street scene 30 years ago. Their influence is still very much evident today, in music, fashion and contemporary visual culture.