FIRST LOOK | FUTURA GETS “INTROSPECTIVE” AT GALLERY MAGDA DANYSZ, PARIS
Simply put, the importance of Futura (né Futura 2000, aka: Leonard McGurr) in the world of street and early Pop art cannot be overstated. Rising from the original graffiti scene of the 70s & 80s, Futura quickly distinguished himself as the abstract futurist master of the genre, playing a critical role in transitioning the art form "above ground" to the world of proper fine art alongside such crossover friends & contemporaries as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Kenny Scharf.
Now, some 30 odd years later, following a streetwear and street art renaissance that features the artist as an almost holy godfather figure, Futura is poised to begin the grand second act of his fine art career. His new solo show, Introspective, which premiered at Gallery Magda Danysz in Paris on Friday, is solid proof of Futura's staying power and undiminished relevance and features some of his finest modern abstract paintings to date. Created using aerosol spray paint the way other artists paint with a brush, the large-scale canvases—created onsite in the gallery—demonstrate Futura's masterful technique in compositions that revive his traditional visual themes in compositions that are both spare and sophisticated.
Additional paintings featuring his vintage Pointman character—a pointy-headed, lobster-clawed militaristic alien that is his trademark—see the character revived in minimalist tonal renderings while a separate series of digitally-manipulated works incorporate images from Futura's prodigious daily photographic adventures.
Known for being notoriously cryptic and enigmatic, it's great to see the artist re-emerging on the international fine art stage with such accomplished work and we can only hope there's more to come. Judging by the huge turnout for his Saturday nite opening that saw a throng of devoted admirers overflowing into the Paris streets, we're far from alone...
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