THE GODFATHER OF GRAFFITI’S FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION IN LOS ANGELES
Opening Reception – November 7th, 8pm // RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Born 1953 in North Philadelphia as Daryl McCray, Cornbread used his troubled neighborhood and precocious personality as springboards to become the youngest artist to stir a worldwide movement: graffiti. Cornbread’s unflinching desire for recognition motivated him to utilize graffiti as expression. In contrast to tagging’s prior use as marking specific territory, Cornbread wrote his name all over Philadelphia to showcase no one neighborhood is enough for an artist.
It began with writing on school walls to grab a girl’s attention and grew into marking an elephant at the Philadelphia Zoo and the Jackson 5 airplane to earn national fame. From there, Cornbread’s influence spread everywhere, inspiring artists from LA to Berlin.
Los Angeles is now a force on the graffiti scene yet it has never hosted an exhibition focused on the original master of the craft. Gallery 38 gives the legend his due, including bringing the artist himself out to be at the center of it all.
Cornbread “Legend” features a gallery full of his work and a selection of activities to celebrate his life and graffiti as an art form. The itinerary includes art talks, graffiti tours, and live collaborations.
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