TORONTO, April 16, 2012 /CNW/ -
Exhibition Dates: April 28 - May 12, 2012
Opening and Book Launch: Saturday, April 28, 2-5pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, April 28, 4pm (in the Gallery Two)
We are pleased to announce the launch of Hank O'Neal's new book of photographs, XCIA's STREET ART PROJECT: The First Four Decades, published by Siman Media Works. An exhibition featuring photographs from the book will be held in Gallery Two.
Before becoming a photographer, Hank O'Neal was an agent with the Domestic Operations Division of the Central Intelligence Agency. In the mid 1970s, encouraged by his friend and mentor the legendary American photographer Berenice Abbott, and inspired by Walker Evans' Depression-era photos of peeling posters and hand-painted signs, O'Neal left the CIA and devoted himself to documenting the burgeoning street art scene in New York City. Over the next 40 years, he would take thousands of photographs, compiling a legacy of one of the most vital and significant movements in the world of art. XCIA's STREET ART PROJECT: The First Four Decades (Siman Media Works; April 2012) is a meticulously documented, sumptuous celebration of some of the most beautiful, meaningful expressions of street art yet to be collected - early work of SAMO (Jean-Michel Basquiat's original street name); Keith Haring's "Radiant Baby" in the New York City subway; a Banksy mural in a Los Angeles parking lot; Richard Hambleton's "Shadowmen" of the 1980s; JR's "Faces with Eye Masks" in 2011; the "Silence=Death" pink triangle posters; and Shepard Fairey's now-iconic "Hope" portrait of Barack Obama. O'Neal also documents work by Kenny Scharf, Shepard Fairey, Mr. Brainwash, Toofly, Armyof1/jc2, and of course, "Artist Unknown."
9 x 12 inch, 208 pages
$40.00 (APP price to be announced)
Limited Edition Book
Includes a 7 x 22 inch Print of any image in the book
Edition of 500
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