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Cover: John “CRASH” Matos, 3 Degrees of Separation Triptych, Spray Paint on Canvas, 40 x 90 inches


CONCRETE JUNGLE Featuring John “CRASH” Matos November 8, 2018 – January 5, 2019

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CONCRETE JUNGLE Iconic, sleek and smooth, the visual style of John “CRASH” Matos resounds with a singular, signature vibrancy. Throughout his almost four decade career, CRASH’s work has engaged with environments on a huge scale - ranging from his early murals on the sides of NYC subway trains in the 70’s, to more recent projects such as a large mural commission at Miami’s Hard Rock Football Stadium. JoAnne Artman Gallery is pleased to present the artist’s new body of work that continues this conversation around scope, scale, and environment, through a continued exploration of the spray paint medium. CRASH’s radiant, fluorescent palette cements his work firmly in the present as the artist works within a dialogue culled from classic pop culture, comic book and print references. A frequent collaborator, CRASH’s process is rooted within his identity as a Bronx-born graffiti artist, having come of age in the hip-hop fueled Bronx of the late 1970s.

His distinct style made him an iconic part of the NYC visual landscape, while also pioneering a new age for graffiti in 1980 when he curated the pivotal “Graffiti Art Success for America” exhibition at Fashion MODA. In his new work he widens the scope in a gestural exploration of form and shape, with a continuously unfolding narrative that plays out over each surface, barely contained to the planes of the canvas. Whether on city streets or gallery walls, concrete or canvas, CRASH’s works are instantly recognizable. Continuously engaged in various projects and commissions his work is also part of numerous museum shows, with works in many permanent museum collections such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Brooklyn Museum (New York), Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (Scottsdale), and Stedeljik Museum (Amsterdam).

John “CRASH” Matos’ work will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you're sure to find the right artistic expression!


Concrete Jungle, Spray Paint on Canvas, 72 x 108 inches


Pocket Pinup, Spray Paint on Canvas, 40 x 30 inches


Pinup Collage Triptych, Spray Paint on Canvas, 36 x 48 inches


Mashup 1, Spray Paint on Canvas, 36 x 48 inches


Pardon the Interruption, Spray Paint on Canvas, 24 x 96 inches


The Inkspots, Spray Paint on Canvas, 72 x 72 inches


Untitled 5, Spray Paint on Panel, 18 x 18 inches


Untitled 6, Spray Paint on Panel, 18 x 18 inches


Untitled 7, Spray Paint on Panel, 18 x 18 inches


Untitled 8, Spray Paint on Panel, 18 x 18 inches


Untitled 9, Silkscreen and Spray Paint on Panel,, 24 x 19.5 inches, Ed. 2/25


Untitled 9, Silkscreen and Spray Paint on Panel,, 24 x 19.5 inches, Ed. 23/25


Untitled 27, Watercolor on Paper, 13.5 x 9.5 inches


Untitled 28, Watercolor on Paper, 13.5 x 9.5 inches


Untitled 29, Watercolor on Paper, 13.5 x 9.5 inches


Untitled 30, Watercolor on Paper, 13.5 x 9.5 inches


Published in conjunction with the exhibition: “CONCRETE JUNGLE” Featuring John “CRASH” Matos November 8, 2018 - January 5, 2019 JoAnne Artman Gallery 511A West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011 Catalogue © JoAnne Artman Gallery Artwork © John “CRASH” Matos


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CONCRETE JUNGLE: Featuring John “CRASH” Matos  

Exhibition catalogue for CONCRETE JUNGLE: Featuring John “CRASH” Matos, at JoAnne Artman Gallery, Fall 2018.

CONCRETE JUNGLE: Featuring John “CRASH” Matos  

Exhibition catalogue for CONCRETE JUNGLE: Featuring John “CRASH” Matos, at JoAnne Artman Gallery, Fall 2018.

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