Five legendary NYC street artists use Porsche 911 hoods as canvas



    Unique Collaborative Pieces Being Sold To Benefit CITYarts

    NEW YORK, June 2 /CNW/ - Porsche Cars North America, Inc. partnered with
five famed New York City street artists participating this month to unveil
their latest works: Porsche 911 hoods.
    The five artists' pieces are part of "Whole In The Wall: 1970-Now", a
show of 150 contemporary works by 19 U.S., European and South American street
artists. They range from Old Masters of the genre - graffiti "taggers" whose
controversial first works appeared on NYC subway cars in the 1970s - to
painters, sculptors and photographers.
    Porsche Cars North America, Inc. is the Patron of the unprecedented
exhibition, collaborating with the New York City charity organization
CITYarts; the artists; and the curators, Chantal and Brigitte Helenbeck of the
Helenbeck Gallery, Paris.
    The show opened late last week to VIP fanfare: a block-long line at the
front door with an hour wait, and to immediate critical acclaim. The public
got its first look at the exhibition, and the commissioned Porsche 911 hoods,
when it opened to everyone on May 29 for its month-long run, through June 27.
    As a collection, the Porsche 911 hoods are colorful, whimsical and
iconic. The artists, native New York graffiti writers commissioned for the
Porsche collaboration, include:

    
    -   BLADE: The godfather of the scene, often called the "King of Graf";
    -   JonOne: Whose work has evolved from '70s train tagging to abstract
        painting;
    -   Sharp: Whose style is inspired by comic strips and ancient scripts;
    -   Crash: An NYC graf pioneer who now has works in the Museum of Modern
        Art; and
    -   Daze: Whose work today is a continuation, on canvas, of the graffiti
        movement.
    

    All five works (spray paint on metal, 52 x 53 inches), are being sold for
the benefit of CITYarts, a charity dedicated to engaging city children in
constructive public art projects. CITYarts was chosen by Porsche Cars North
America as a partner in the collaboration because the five artists mentioned
above tell varied stories of having no creative outlets as outer-borough NYC
children in the 1970s.
    All of the proceeds from the five works will go to CITYarts. Prices for
the hoods range from $10,000 to $14,000. Sales inquiries regarding the works
can be directed to: info@helenbeckgallery.com.

    
    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/
    




For further information:

For further information: Laurance Yap, Manager, Public Relations, (905)
219-2195, laurance.yap@porsche.ca

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