BLADE: King of Graffiti (Schiffer Publishing, JULY 2014) + Museum of the City of New York: BLADE and Chris Pape book signing & artist talk

BLADE has already told his life story through graffiti. Now, more than forty years into his career and armed with an incredible memory, BLADE sits down with Chris Pape to reflect on growing up in the Bronx in the turbulent 1970s, and recounts the highs and lows of his storied career, holding nothing back. BLADE is considered “The King of Graffiti” because, by 1980, after painting 5,000 wildly creative trains, he stopped counting. This book parallels the New York graffiti movement almost from its inception, moving through its glory years in the mid-1970s, when BLADE earned his title, and ending in the global art scene, where he remains a major presence. BLADE helped New York graffiti become internationally famous by making it look fun, and, for reasons of quantity, quality, and, perhaps above all, for sheer spirit, BLADE may very well be the most popular graffiti artist with his peers.

Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 653 | 256 pp
ISBN13: 9780764346613 | Binding: hard cover

Book Signing:
Friday, August 8th, 2014
6:30pm@ MCNY
NY, NY 10029»

In 1980, after painting 5,000 subway trains, Steve Ogburn, aka BLADE, earned the title “King of Graffiti.” Today BLADE exhibits his work internationally. In this rare event, he will sit down with graffiti historian Chris Pape for a slide show and conversation about his pioneering work and the New York graffiti scene of the 1970s. After the talk, BLADE and Pape will sign copies of their new book, Blade: King of Graffiti (Schiffer Publishing, June 2014).

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition City as Canvas.
Free for Museum members*; $10 general public; $40 for general admission + book.