On the streets and in the yards, the word was the Name. And the name was everything. It was persona and place, form and content, truth and fiction. The name was an act of self-invention, a pure visual manifestation, through alter ego, alias, and nom de plume, of personal expressions in the public realm.
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On the streets and in the yards, the word was the Name. And the name was everything. It was persona and place, form and content, truth and fiction. The name was an act of self-invention, a pure visual manifestation, through alter ego, alias, and nom de plume, of personal expressions in the public realm. The name was a line and the "In the beginning, there was the Word. The name was a line and the line begat the Mark. Then, in the great style wars toward the end of the second millennium, medium, meaning, and message were joined in a golden era where the name became the source and signifier of Style.
And when the name became wild style, the word was Dondi. But how did an art form spawned in the train yards of s New York achieve the ubiquity it now enjoys at every level of the mass-media landscape? There are many answers to the question, but one major factor is indisputable: Dondi White.
Coming of age in hardscrabble East New York in the early s, Dondi White unknowingly began the process of introducing a whole new artistic dialect into the cacophony of the American art scene. His train pieces painted from roughly to stand as some of the most influential works ever committed to Transit Authority steel. From the badass Mr. Whites to the cocky, self-satisfied Busses, from the nasty Pres to the perfect, vicious Rolls, Dondi straight killed it, again and again.
In making the transition from subway car to canvas, Dondi retained his unfaltering sense of letter form and balance, and his paintings remain a testament to the clarity of his aesthetic. Dondi White: Style Master General presents the life and work of a seminal -- yet heretofore overlooked -- American artist whose work has resonated on every level of our popular culture. At the time of his death in , Dondi had seen the majority of his work destroyed -- scraped off, painted over, or chemically removed from the steel upon which it thrived.
Within these pages, however, it still speaks volumes.
Dondi White: Style Master General: The
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Style master general : the life of graffiti artist Dondi White
He was of African American and Italian American descent. He attended a Catholic school during his sophomore years. By , East New York became an unstable region with racial tensions and social conflicts such as the prominence of gangs. In an interview with Zephyr , Dondi stated that he had joined several gangs in the s to avoid being attacked. Anxious to leave high school behind, he earned his GED in , took a job in a government office, and began to indulge his interest in graffiti. In , Dondi officially adopted his name when he painted a giant piece on the roof of his house. For the next odd years, Dondi became recognized as the stylistic standard, influencing generations of graffiti writers.
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Jean Gallard Jean is researcher and author for Widewalls. His urge to create coupled with his incredible talent made him one of the most influential graffiti artists in the 20th century. He started with subway graffiti and for years, he painted trains and subway walls. His personal style was bold and bright. Dondi always used clear and defined writing, because he wanted his work to be recognized and shared. This was a healthy type of ambition, and this talented artist truly mastered the skill of the street art. After years of tagging, he successfully made a transition from street art to gallery art.