There simply isn’t enough room to write about the achievements of Speedy Graphito within the field of urban and street art. The artist is one of the pioneers of the movement in France and Europe (find out more on the street art subculture in France – read History of Street Art in France and 10 Urban Artists From France). Known for a wide range of methodological output – from painting and sculpturing to installation, video and photography – Speedy Graphito has been evolving as an artist and a creative individual since the period of the beginning of the 1980s. In this regard, he represents a remarkable witness of an entire era and an entire movement. As time passed by, the artist became more and more skillful both in the urban and studio space, rendering his work to be a symphony of visual expression… It is with this cultural capital that the artist takes upon a role of an extraordinary chronicler…
Speedy Graphito’s popularity came from the recognition of his work by the artist’s peers who had been successful in other spheres of artistic expression, namely music. These individuals have quickly come to realize that which we all know now – Speedy Graphito’s unique aesthetics, reflected in the constant actualization of the power of transformation, allows him to explore new horizons as the periods of his career pass by. This year, we have had a chance to admire his art within the body of work incorporated in the summer group exhibition at Fabien Castanier Gallery (read more in Castanier’s Artists). And earlier this year, the artist had a successful pop-up show, in February (read more in Speedy Graphito – Hypnotic and check out the video below). These days, his work can be seen (as real collector’s gem) at CONTEXT Art Fair. Let us turn to the matter at hand…
Speedy Graphito: Made in America represents an exciting publication reflecting the artwork, exhibitions and special projects during the period of 4 years which the artist had spent in the United States. The 240 page book is a documentation of the artist’s journey to becoming an established presence in the US. Paintings, sculptures, multi-media works and murals – all of this is included in full-color images. The introduction essay is written by Fabien Castanier. Los Angeles art critic Shana Nys Dambrot is the author of another essay incorporated in the publication. The cost of the book is $60 and Fabien Castanier Gallery is offering a special collector's edition that includes a signed and numbered (out of 100) book and a small silkscreen print for $150. Already, the book is available through freewayeditions.com
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