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Public Intervention: Art Of The Street
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Auction introduction: Sotheby’s is pleased to present Public Intervention: Art of the Street, a first-of-its-kind online auction celebrating the first generation of New York graffiti and street artists of the 1980s, the iconoclasts who pioneered the style of street art that has become a global staple of popular culture and an increasing source of inspiration in the world of Contemporary Art. Open for bidding on from 24 September – 1 October, the sale presents works by legendary artists such as Lee Quiñones, Rammellzee. Lady Pink, DONDI, Keith Haring, Richard Hambleton, KAWS and Kenny Scharf. Anchoring the sale is an outstanding selection of works from the Estate of Richard Hambleton, the enigmatic artist whose haunting shadow portraits helped define the urban interventionist spirit of street art in New York during the early 1980s, with a portion of the proceeds from the sale to benefit the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Highlights also include the most important work by Rammellzee to come to auction, a group of early tags and a notebook from KAWS that illuminate how an earlier generation of street artists inspired his aesthetic, and a detailed study for a subway mural by graffiti legend Lee Quiñones.