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The Mash Up: Hip-Hop Photos Remixed by Iconic Graffiti Artists
Photographs by Janette Beckman
Curated by Cey Adams
Janette Beckman’s iconic Hip Hop portraits reinterpreted by artists including: Crash, Futura, Lady Pink, Lee Quiñones, Queen Andrea, Revolt, Cey Adams, Todd James, CES, Alice Mizrachi, Faust, T-Kid 170, MRS, Doc TC5, Eric Adams, Claw Money, Mode 2, Shirt King Phade, Morning Breath, Cycle, Chino BY1, Part One, Sharp, Jules Muck, Trike 1, Jester, KEO, Mike Davis, Shoe and Zephyr!
Queen Latifah by Lady Pink
Keith Haring by Cey
LL Cool J by Jules Muck
Big Daddy Kane by Ces
Run DMC by Zephyr
“The most simpatico work comes from early era graffiti writers: Crash drawing on Futura, Lady Pink on Queen Latifah, Part One on Eric B. & Rakim. These pieces feel like dialogue, not tug-of-war, and radiate the sense of hip-hop as a living, breathing tradition, with innovators and inheritors, forever learning from one another.” – New York Times
About the Authors:
British-born photographer Janette Beckman began her career at the dawn of Punk Rock working for music magazines The Face and Melody Maker. Drawn to the underground Hip Hop scene, she moved to NYC in 1983 and photographed pioneers Run DMC, Slick Rick, Salt-N-Pepa, Grand Master Flash, LL Cool J and more. Her work has been exhibited in galleries worldwide and is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian and the Museum of the City of New York. She lives and works in NYC for clients including Levi’s and Dior.
Cey Adams, a New York City native, emerged from the downtown graffiti movement to exhibit alongside fellow artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. As the Creative Director of Def Jam Recordings, he created visual identities, album covers, logos, and campaigns for Run DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Notorious B.I.G., Maroon 5, and Jay-Z. Today Adams’ work focuses on themes including Pop Culture, brand identity, cultural and community issues. He recently collaborated with Levi’s, Converse, Pabst Blue Ribbon, YouTube and Google.