The Museum of Modern Art in New York City recently acquired a selection of artworks by legendary graffiti writer, RAMMELLZEE. The cult figure was the focus of a monumental retrospective entitled “Racing for Thunder” at Red Bull Arts NY last year.
Hailing from Far Rockaway in New York City’s Queens borough, the gothic futurist artist gained prominence in the late 1970s for his unique hand-style across MTA subway lines, mixed media artworks, and especially, his cosmic samurai costumes. Most notably, the artist was close friends with Jean-Michel Basquiat who both worked on rapper K-Rob’s “Beat Bop” single back in 1983.
Works by RAMMELLZEE on display at the MoMA include his ‘Alphabet’ series of wild styles made using marker and pencil on paper alongside the ‘Beat Bop’ cover artwork made in tandem with Basquiat. View select works above and then visit MoMA’s website to learn more. All pieces are on view on the museum’s fourth floor.
Check out this film spotlighting RAMMELLZEE by Red Bull Media House below.