Hip Hop Legend Fab 5 Freddy Shines in Soho Exhibit

On June 8, there was no place I’d rather be but on the scene at the Gallery 151 solo exhibit opening of hip hop legend Fab 5 Freddy, who also happens to be the godfather of yours truly. Guests – a lively mix of hip hop heads, art enthusiasts, media moguls,  everyday New Yorkers and label shunners – lined up down the Soho block to greet the artist and peek at the work.  And the work spoke for itself: a bold new style that deftly mixes digital imagery, painting and shimmering crystal stones with images from sports, entertainment, hip hop and graffiti.

From the Gallery:

“Gallery 151 is honored to present the solo exhibit of Fred Brathwaite, hip-hop pioneer and legendary graffiti artist known as Fab 5 Freddy. In the early 80’s, Mr. Brathwaite was notorious for his 1980 homage to Andy Warhol, an entire subway car covered in Campbell’s soup cans. He was a creative force helping to lead the cultural revolution in which graffiti based artists transitioned into galleries and the art world. On June 8th, Gallery 151 presents NEW YORK:NEW WORK, the New York debut of Brathwaite’s series of stunningly vivid mixed-media works on canvas – some figurative iconography and others an abstract exploration of his graffiti experience. Brathwaite’s is currently a featured artist in MOCA [The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles]’s “Art in The Streets”, the first major museum exhibition in America on the history of graffiti and street art.”

The exhibit runs through Friday, July 1, 2011. Catch it while you can.

Shout out to Fab 5!





FAb 5 Freddy talks with Jazz historian Willard Jenkins about his early influences, including Max Roach, Fred Brathwaite, Sr. and Jimmy Gittens @ JazzTimes

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