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Crash (John Matos) (American, b. 1961), Untitled (CRASH), July 1983, diptych, spray paint on canvas, signed, dated

Crash (John Matos) (American, b. 1961), Untitled (CRASH), July 1983, diptych, spray paint on canvas, signed, dated

Item Description:

Both panels signed, dated "7/83", and inscribed in red ink on reverse, unframed, authenticated by the artist and William Doyle Gallery, New York City.


Appears fine. Please contact for specific condition questions and to request a full condition report.


Private collection, New York


Height 20 in. x Width 32 in. (overall)

Width of each panel 16 in.

About The Artist:

John Matos is an American artist who was raised in the Bronx, New York in 1961. As an adolescent, Matos began tagging around his neighborhood. He took the name "CRASH" after crashing a school computer. The CRASH tag, or name, started to appear throughout the city in the 1970s. Though graffiti had been around since ancient Egypt, it did not take off as a fine art movement until the 1980s. CRASH, helping the movement take shape, curated the seminal show "Graffiti Art Success for America" at the Fashion MODA art space in the Bronx. Since then, CRASH has had international success and has collaborated with Absolut Vodka, Fender Guitars, and Levi's. His work is collected by pop stars and celebrities. CRASH's work is represented in collections all over the world including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Galerie d'Arte Moderna in Bologna, Italy.

This untitled work executed in 1983, marks CRASH's early success as an artist. The tag CRASH appears across two canvases and features the artist's cartoon-like spray paint technique. CRASH uses bright colors in a bold font to produce an eye-catching tag. His letters shake from the tremors of a recent collision, seeming to boldly proclaim that CRASH is here to stay and that perhaps graffiti has a place in the canon of Modern Art.


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