Kunstnere

BLADE, en af de oprindelige medlemmer af The Crazy Five, har titlen længst regerende konge som udsmykker af af 2'ere og 5'ere i New York heraf tilnavnet TC5. BLADE begyndte at udføre graffiti i begyndelsen af 1970'erne og fortsatte langt ind i 1980'erne.
Bladets Style var meget unikt, han fulgte ikke mængden. Hans arbejde kunne aldrig forveksles med nogen anden. Han ønskede ikke at overholde bestemte forestillinger om stil eller tendenser, der ellers er fælles for andre graffitikunstnere.
BLADE forbindes ikke med den vilde stil, men alligevel anvendte han utroligt fantasifulde former. Han malede bogstaver og billeder, og legede med perspektiv og udvikling af geometriske former. Hans stil var så anderledes, at det trak kritik fra mange kolleger, om, at det ikke var graffiti stil. Men Blades beundrere blev langt flere end kritikerne.
Blades stil inspirerede i stedet mange andre graffitikunstnere.

Blandt Blades mange forcer var hans dristighed. Han malede ofte på steder tæt på perronerne og i fuld dagslys, ofte ved at skrive sit berømte citat: NEVER BUSTED!
Siden er Blade blevet anerkendt som en af verdens førende billedkunstnere, som henter sin inspiration fra graffiti.
Blade er populært sagt en gadedreng i kunstens verden, men han er samtidig blevet voldsomt kendt efter mange udstillinger på nogle af verdens førende gallerier og kunstmesser – heriblandt Art Basel, på førende kunstmuseer f.eks. Whitney Museet i New York.Blade er samtidig den første nulevende kunstner siden Andy Warhol, som kom på forsiden af af Sothebys auktionskatalog i Amsterdam i 2005. Trods det at Blade er dristig i udførelsen af sin kunst har han hidtil levet op til sit motto: ”Never busted”.

Blade
Born 1956
Exhibitions etc.:
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New YorK /New Wave,PS1 Long Island City,New York

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Post-Graffiti,Galerie Sydney Janis,New York
Graffiti,Museum Boymans-van Beuningen,Rotterdam
Galerie Yaki Kornblit,Amsterdam

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Galerie Yaki Kornblit,Amsterdam
Graffiti, Groninger Museum,Groningen
New York Graffiti,Louisiana, Humleboek
Zeitgenossische Kunst, Galerie Thomase, Munchen

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Galerie Yaki Kornblit,Amsterdam
New York Graffiti,Gemeente museum, Holland
Stellweg- Seguy Gallery,New York
The Stedelijk Museum Helmond,Helmond The Netherlands

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New York Graffiti,Leopold-Hoesch museum,Duren
Galerie Yaki Kornblit,Amsterdam
The Stedelijk Museum Helmond, Helmond The Netherlands

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Art Forum Thomas,Munchen,Germany,Collection Thomas

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De Horizon Voorbij,Gemeente museum,Holland

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Galerie Yaki Kornblit, Amsterdam
The Art Foundation Acedmical Hospital Leiden,Leiden, The Netherlands
Nassauisher Kunstverein Weisbaden,Germany
(with book"An der Wand" Dr. Johannes Stahl (Hrsg)
Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg,Germany
The Stedelijk Museum Helmond, Helmond The Netherlands

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Graffiti Art,musee National des Monuments
Francois,Paris,France
Musee National Des Monuments Francais, Paris, France

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Gemeentemuseum,Holland
Coming From The Subway-New York Graffiti Art,
Groninger Museum,Groningen
Quik/Blade, Mannheimer Kunstverein,Mannheim
Quik/Blade,The Stedelijk Museum Helmond, Helmond The Netherlands
City Gallery,Milan,Italy
Groninger Museum Show,Groninger Museum,Groningen
The Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim, Germany

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Museum Show,Rotterdam Museum,Rotterdam
City Gallerie,Brussels,Belgium
Museum,Denmark
Museum Boymans,Rotterdam
Museum, Switzerland

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Gallerie Amsterdam,Holland
Castle Helmond,Holland

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Boyemans Museum,Germany
Museum Dortmond,Germany
Mynheim Museum,Germany Gallerie Heidelberg,Germany
Duseldorf Festival,Germany
Mural for the movie,SLEEPERS

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Gallerie City,Paris,France
Drawings Show,South Of France
The Stedelijk Museum Roemond,Roemond The Netherlands

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Symposium,Museum of the City of New York,New York
Weisbaden Festival,Germany
Frankfurt Gallerie tour to Berlin,Germany

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Festival, Stockholm,Sweden
Academical Hospital Nijmegen,The Netherlands.
"Transfer to a new world"
Symposium,Minneapolis,Juxtaposition,Minneapolis,Minnesota
Blade/Case,Martinez Gallery,New York
Museum der Stadt Ratingen,Ratingen,Germany

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Bronx Museum,New York
Groninger Museum Show,Groninger Museum,Groningen
Brussels Gallerie Festival,Brussels,Belgium
Seminar,Portugal,Nov 1-5
Seminar Symposium,Japan

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Whitney Museum,New York
Brooklyn Musem,Brooklyn,New York
Rock & Roll Hall OF Fame,Cleveland,Ohio

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NEW YORK CITY URBAN EXPERIENCE,New York,NY

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Marco Art Galerie,New York,NY

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Marco Art Galerie Group Show w/ SEEN,REVOLT,
CHINO and PISTOL New York,NY
Henk Pynenbirg Group Show Netherlands

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Crow Bar Mural,7' X 50' New York,NY
Down Under Tour Brisbane,Melbourne Australia Aukland New Zealand
Aurora Galery Group Show w/ COPE II and PISTOL New York, NY
Marco Art Galerie,One Man show w/Classic
Photo Collection New York, NY
Marco Art Galerie, Group Show w/ TREE, GUN229, DURO, JAMES TOP, MARCO, ZEPHYR, REVOLT and PISTOL New York, NY

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Model Train Show-(LEV) Toy Tokyo,Blade,Stay High 149,Duro, Riff 170 New York,NY
Model Train Show Blade,Phase II,Vulcan London,England
Brooklyn Library,Grand Army Plaza Blade Brooklyn,NY
Upper Playground.com Blade,IZ The Wiz,Stan 153,Cope 2,Ghost San Francisco,CA
www.style wars.com Blade
"OL" SKOOL LEGENDS" BLADE,COPE2 CORNBREAD,DANGER58,FLINT,IZ THE WIZ, SEEN, PULSE,STAY HIGH 149, STATE OF ART, TRACY 168,
"THEOUTSIDE INSTITUTE" MEWS, LONDON
HANK PYNENBURG (SYMPOSIUM) DEC 12TH AMSTERDAM

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NEW YORK 'mercantile exchange " blADE ONE man show-
JAN 9TH TO FEB 3RD
Montana gallery Amsterdam - Jan van Galenstraat 58
new york "no sleep til brooklyn" group show

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april , Amsterdam ( may Sadlerswells)
september Reading Pa (goggles works)
Blade.,Cornbread, Cope2. , Iz the wiz & T-Kid
September Tour of Scandanavia
( Copenhagen, Fredericia , Christiana & Arhus )

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Comic / skate board event in Boston Ma
november Paris Galerie Gismondi / Helenbeck galerie
Paris & Helenbeck Galerie in Nice ( On the French Riviera )
sothebys Amsterdam december 3rd 2008

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Blade is showing in paris Le Tag Au Grand Palais March 27- April 26, 2009
G a le r i e H e l e n beck Group show May 28th to June 27th new york city 2009
Blade's solo s how Amsterdam at Pi n j en burg Gallery June 28 july 2 8, 2009
Blade, Henry Chalfant & Martha Cooper will be in London on June 25, 2009 at the Thames & Hudson book signing for " Subway Art "25th Anniversary Edition .
A m st e r d a m / B O O K s i g n i n g n o v e m b e r 5 -1 5 2009
L A G A L E R I E G I S M O N D I & L A G A L E R I E H E L E N B E C K -
N o v e m b e r 4 - j a n 31 F I R S T 2 0 0 9

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J A N U A R Y 2010, B L A D E, H E N R Y C H A L F A N T,
M A R T h A C O O P E R, G A L L E R I E F R A N C E
"Blade's solo show in Paris (Gismondi Galerie) march 30 april 30th 2010
Blade, Henry Chalfant Subway art 25th anniversary book signing Philadelphia april 22 nd ,2010
M o n t a n a o p e n i n g ! M a d r i d S p a i n o n M a y 2 8th, 2 0 1 0
C --S PACE B E I J I N G (C H I N A ) june 2010
j u n e 5th - s e p t e m b e r 5th i n B e i j i n g, C h i n a
Gallery Helenbeck (Nice/Antibes july / August 2010
ERIC FIRESTONE GALLERY PRESENTS "DOWN BY LAW" AUGUST 14TH - SEPTEMBER 26TH 2010 BLADE, MARTHA COOPER AND HENRY CHALFANT WILL BE SIGNING SUBWAY ART BOOKS / east Hampton's Long Island n.y


2011
La Cite du Temps in Geneve, Switzerland. dec .2, 2010 - j anuary 11,2011
Martha Cooper & Blade at the Carmichael Gallery in Los Angeles 4/2011
MoCA museum show 4/14/2011-august 8th 2011 Os Gemeos, Lee. Futura, Sheppard Fairy, Lady Pink, Ramellzee, Crash, Risk, Rime & Blade!
Exposition-denoirmant-graffiti-New York 1980 = Basquiat-aore-blade-blast- futura-keith haring-may27,2011
Articks gallery Amsterdam june 26-july 26,2011
Gallerie Helenbeck July 9-september 10th
Gallery Vlasblom (october 20th -30th 2011)
Bergen, Amsterdam(Group show)
Galley Speerstra november 2011 group show (Switzerland)

2012
Blade solo show on december 15th-january 15th 2012
Helenbeck Gallery Nice,France june 15th come See! Blade live
"You can meet Blade live on June 23rd 2012 6:p.m in Zurich Switzerland.
The Gallery Starkart Exhibitions (In partnership with the Articks Gallery(Amsterdam)
GROUP SHOW / JOE RUSSO AND GALLERY 69 / NEW YORK
SEPT 28TH, 2012 / BLADE, COPE, DAZE, CRASH, QUIK, MARE CARLOS
Blade at Art Basel (Adjust Gallery) Miami Florida december 6-14 2012 Solo show
Gallery Speerstra group show december 2012
Switzerland

2013
Museum WVH Urban Art Biennale 2013 :Blade, Futura, Dondi, Cope, Lady Pink, Seen & many others
Viborg International Billboard Painting Festival 2013, Denmark
Billboard Painters Exhibition 2013, galleri NB, Viborg , Denmark