Street art (or now increasingly called Urban Art) has been my passion for years and it’s beyond weird for me to think about how elevated it’s become.
- Huge article in the Financial Times (paywall) this past week about the Jean-Michel Basquiat show opening at the Barbican. And, of course, the FT is only writing about it because Basquiat is currently the top-selling contemporary artist at auction ($110 million for a street artist!).
- But the most amazing thing this week was that I finally got to meet Martha Cooper, one of my heroes.
- For those of you who don’t know Martha, she is the most famous documentarian of the graffiti/street art scene – in the world! She got her start photographing the New York City graffiti scene in the 1970s and 1980s.
- I was so thunderstruck, I took her photo but forgot to ask if I could take a selfie with her. Ten blocks later, I ran back and she was still there, shooting Lakwena, the British street artist currently doing a new Bowery Mural. Fortunately, Martha agreed to the selfie.
- And now that I have finally met her, I see her around the neighborhood all the time! Funny how that works.
Read on below for highlights about the business of street art from the Financial Times – they provide great perspective on what has made this art genre so major.