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Futura: Full Frame is a book by Magda Danysz, Vittorio Parisi, and Futura 2000 that explores the life of legendary graffiti artist Futura, aka Lenny McGurr, from the 1980s until today, including decades of backstage images of the artist and his artworks.
Catherine Carrié, who photographed Futura and his family over the course of 35 years, is now sharing those images to illustrate the life and art of one of the greatest living street artists.
“I guess I must admire the need to set things on fire”: this quote, lifted from Futura’s collaboration with punk band The Clash, clearly illustrates his approach to his creative career as a whole. The so-called father of abstract graffiti started out in the 1970s “bombing” the trains of his hometown New York. He later transferred this style into paintings on canvas and was praised by the likes of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. With them, FUTURA has been a major influencer of youth culture through his collaborations with iconic brands like NIKE, Levi’s, Vans, Hennessey, Medicom Toys as well as with his own brand Futura Laboratories. For the past 40 years, he has continually been pushing the boundaries of street art.
“As an abstract graffiti artist, Futura opened doors to a new form of creativity, paving the road for the most important art movement of the century to blossom. His contribution and the way he inspired generations of street artists turned him into an American legend, who’s very much alive and whose family spirit and values have never changed, making him one of the most gracious artist to work with”, adds gallery owner Magda Danysz, who first met Futura in 1991 during her teenage years, and has since written numerous texts about his art.
The book includes 300 intimate photos and 200 artworks from 1980 to 2018.|“As an abstract graffiti artist, Futura opened the door to a new form of creativity, paving the road for the most important art movement of the century to blossom. His contribution and the way he inspired then generations of street artists turned him into an American legend.” Madga Danysz