John Matos, who goes by Crash, has played a huge role in making street art and graffiti part of the mainstream NYC culture, and making graffiti as a whole a legitimate art form.
Similar to my last post, where I followed Anthony Lister from his gallery work to his street art, Crash worked out the same way. Just before his opening reception, he painted this mural at Suffolk and Rivington in the Lower East Side.
Crash got his start graffiti-bombing subway cars in the 80s, and his street art style is here to stay. His transition from subway writing to canvases is remarkable, and has earned him international fame in the art world. I respect the grind and motivation that he has to keep painting--and selfishly, of course, I hope he doesn't stop anytime soon. You can see more of his art, and read more about him, on his website here.
You can see his exhibition at the Jonathan Levine Galley on W 23rd St. until July 26th.
Hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend. Summer is at it's peak, and I'm loving every minute of it! Stay tuned for more art this week.
Outfit pictured: Dress from H&M. Open-toe wedges by Arturo Chang, bought at Century 21. Necklace, $10 at a jewelry boutique in SoHo.