Futura & The 151 Wooster Wildstyle Wall

A couple of years ago I documented a story about the 151 Wooster Wildstyle Wall.   As Paper Magazine put it “a wall covered with the tags of old school superstars Fab Five Freddy, Futura 2000, Jean-Michel Basquiat and others. Believed to have once belonged to art critic Edit Deak, the apartment became a hang-out, a let’s get high spot where the walls became a canvas for the aerosol artists.” This story got a ton of press and I found it hard to present it with a unique perspective, consequently the project got put on hold.

Recently I found myself watching a video on HypeBeast on artist Kenny Scharf who was a part of the 1980′s Post Punk Art scene in NY. A scene that I was totally fascinated with ten years ago before I was “plugged in” and jaded.  Kenny Scharf was a roommate of Keith Haring, who was a friend of Fab 5 Freddy, who collaborated with Futura 2000.   These guys were at the center of what was the coolest 10 year run of art and music in NY.  You had the uptown hip-hop scene, coming downtown to the Post Punk/New Wave scene, and at the center of it all were the street artist.  Among them, Futura 2000.  In books like Keith Haring The Authorized Biography, The Keith Haring Journals, & Basquiat A Quick Killing In Art, Futura 2000 was referenced numerous times as one of the best artist of this period.  Veiwing the Scharf piece combined with a broader perspective as a result of time inspired me to dig up the old tapes and reconsider the footage.   I thought that it might be cool to tell the story of the 151 Wooster Wall through Futura’s eyes.  A risky approach considering I am excluding the interviews of folks like Fab 5 Freddie, Lee Quinones, and several others involved with this amazing discovery.  In the end I was pleased with this approach.  Futura seemed to be instantly transported back to the days when this movement was at it’s zenith and that enthusiasm translated well in this piece.

Enjoy

TrevzNewPop


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1 comment

  1. One of my heroes..
    FUTURA FOREVER! ^^

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