tony shafrazi

Went to an artist talk yesterday with Dan Colen and Peter Brant at SVA and look who I ran into on the way in. The legendary art dealer Tony Shafrazi!! The man who represented Basquiat and Keith Haring in their heyday. He also put together the infamous Basquiat and Warhol exhibition. He’s done so much more…was a great honor to meet him.

Shafrazi 74

peace to Joe Riley on this one

'Shafrazi's 1974 attack on Picasso's “Guernica” in which he spray painted “KILL LIES ALL” across the painting. Shafrazi was a member of the Art Workers' Coalition, which in 1970 had staged a protest at MoMA by unfurling a copy of the famous My Lai protest poster And babies in front of “Guernica”.'

"I wanted to bring the art absolutely up to date, to retrieve it from art history and give it life. Maybe that’s why the Guernica action remains so difficult to deal with. I tried to trespass beyond that invisible barrier that no one is allowed to cross; I wanted to dwell within the act of the painting’s creation, get involved with the making of the work, put my hand within it and by that act encourage the individual viewer to challenge it, deal with it and thus see it in its dynamic raw state as it was being made, not as a piece of history.”

Tony Shafrazi on why he defaced Guernica, Art in America in December 1980

The exhibition “Keith Haring: 1978-1982” at the Brooklyn Museum is both a comprehensive examination of the artist’s early work and a fascinating glimpse into the artist’s process.

The early works capture Keith Haring’s boundless energy as he came into his own in New York City, not just as a student of the School of Visual Arts but also of the streets. Haring, who was raised in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, was already at the center of the vibrant culture of the New York downtown scene before he had his first solo exhibition at Tony Shafrazi in 1982 and became a pop culture icon. He oozed art—curating shows at the Mudd Club and Club 57, making abstract videos and drawing furiously on paper. Several pieces show how artist friends such as Kenny Scharf, LA2 and Jean-Michel Basquiat were integral to his growth.