Futura Presents “NEW HORIZONS” at Library Street Collective
Library Street Collective
June 18, 2016
Detroit-based contemporary and fine art gallery, Library Street Collective, is pleased to announce NEW HORIZONS, a solo exhibition by the legendary artist Futura (Lenny McGurr). The artist brings his trademark abstraction along with his "sci-fi #@%!' - gyroscopes, nebulae, and lightning-like streaks across night skies - to the gallery walls and back alley public space for a new iteration of LSC's PUBLIC MATTER.
A pioneer when graffiti met contemporary art, Futura was known as early as the seventies for his radical approach in the street, introducing abstraction to an entirely letter-based discipline. His work caught the attention of the East Village Crowd in the 80s, and Futura (then Futura 2000) found himself part of a wider art movement that included the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Julian Schnabel. Entirely self-taught in what he calls "the subway school", the artist was compared to Kandinsky and Klee for his mastery of color, movement and line; and friends Basquiat, Kenny Scharf and Rammellzee for his progressiveness and of-the-moment relevance. McGurr has gone down in history as the first to cover an entire subway car in the abstract style.