Futura—a major figure of the 1980s New York graffiti scene who performed as an onstage painter with The Clash on their 1981 European tour—was a pioneer of abstraction among street artists. Having successfully navigated the transition from street to gallery, his dynamic compositions and signature detailed, fine line work continue to set him apart.

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Futura (American, b. 1955), alias of Leonard McGurr, is a graffiti artist currently living and working in New York and closely associated with the street art movement of the 1980s. Preceding the year 2000, the artist referred to himself as Futura 2000, a moniker he coined at the age of 15. Following the millennium, he shortened his pen name to Futura, as he is now known. An active participant in the graffiti movement as a youth, he made the transition to a more abstract canvas in 1980, with particular motivations to transcend the barriers between street, commercial and fine art. His works explore the disjointed but seemingly coordinate worlds of the gallery space and street art through a series of largely abstract compositions drawing on both street and fine art.

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NBC, 2007
Lot Number 1
Mixed media on canvas
48 x 48 in (121.92 x 121.92 cm)
Signed on lower right, recto

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  • Dimensions
    48 x 48 in (121.92 x 121.92 cm)