Henry Chalfant, "Lee, Futura, Dondi", 2005
File this under: "art, rare objects, and ultimate grails". This is the 2004 Henry Chalfant Lee Futura Dondi print published as part of the Beautiful Losers Portfolio. These are gone. The only reason we're letting this go is because we just got it back from lending to a major museum exhibition so we thought we'd let it back out in the world given the rarity and huge demand for this absolute grail.
This one in particular was lent for a major traveling exhibition in Brazil years back. In fact, we lent the entire Beautiful Losers Portfolio for this exhibition and just had the portfolio returned to us. There are a couple other mega rare prints from the set that we will be releasing soon as well. Prints that haven't been available for many years. Long sold out and rarely pop up out there in the marketplace. Grail collecting time!
Henry Chalfant is best known for his photography and films that captured graffiti and hip hop culture in New York City during the 1970s and 80s. During this period, with respect to graffiti and hip hop art and culture, New York was the center of the universe. Due to the quick turn-around and ephemeral nature of the art itself, Chalfant's photographs act as the only lasting proof of some of the most important graffiti art in history, and art that no longer exists. His work captures the essence of the movement and spirit of youth culture during these times. Chalfant has become a leading authority on subway art and co-produced the PBS documentary film, Style Wars with Tony Silver in 1984. He has also written books on the subject, including Subway Art, which he wrote with Martha Cooper in 1984. He has exhibited his work globally in galleries and museums including the landmark New York-New Wave show at PSl; Beautiful Losers (traveling); The Bronx Museum, New York, NY; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, among others.
In 2020, Chalfant was the subject of a massive retrospective at the Bronx Museum of the Arts entitled: Henry Chalfant: Art vs. Transit, 1977-1987.
Lee Futura Dondi, 2004
Silkscreen on acid free archival paper
16 x 20 inches
Edition of 200
Signed and numbered by the artist
Published on the occasion of the exhibit “Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture”, 2004-2009
Beautiful Losers, Various Locations, 2005-2009
Transfer, Santander Cultural, Porto Alegre, Brazil, 2008
Transfer, Brazilian Cultural Pavilion, Ibirapuera Park, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2010
Beautiful Losers, 2005-2009
Beautiful Losers Archive