Exhibition Details

Location: The Kelly Ellman Fashion Design Gallery
Dates: September 22, 2007
to February 24, 2008


From its origins as an illegal street activity to its acceptance among art galleries and museums, graffiti has developed as an original visual language. As a popular art form, graffiti has been commodified by its close association with hip-hop music and skate culture, and as a global genre of images circulated through the Internet. Today, it exerts powerful influence in art and design.

This exhibition explores the art form's origins and its evolution in fashion and graphics, with early jackets and clothing painted by original graffiti artists Haze, Cey, Phade and Lady Pink; artist collaborations, such as that between Stephen Sprouse and Louis Vuitton, and Keith Haring and Vivienne Westwood; and high fashion interpretations of the style by designers Martin Margiela, Viktor & Rolf, Moschino, Marc Jacobs and Walter van Bierendonck, among others.

Over 20 rare examples of this colorful and original movement on loan from artists, stylists and collectors will be on view together for the first time.

Dress, Stephen Sprouse, 2000. Cotton knit printed with Andy Warhol image of Jean Michel Basquiat. Lent by Mr. Todd Allen Bundy.

This exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum.

This exhibition is presented by Judy Fox Interiors, inc. and Kelly L. Zitlow & Suburban Mortgage Inc.