SANESMITH – Beyond The Streets

SANESMITH


A

A-ONE

AIKO

Al Diaz

Alexis Ross

Alicia McCarthy

André Saraiva

Andrew Schoultz

Anthony Lister

Anti-Graffiti

 

B

BANKSY

Barry McGee

BAST

Beastie Boys

Ben Jones

Bert Krak

Bill Barminski

Bill Daniel

BLADE

Broken Fingaz

Buddy Esquire

buZ blurr

 

C

Carl Weston

CES

Cey Adams

Charlie Ahearn

Chaz  Bojórquez

Claudia Gold

Cleon Peterson

COCO 144

Conor Harrington

Corita Kent

CORNBREAD

C.R. Stecyk III

Craig Costello

CRASH

 

D

DABSMYLA

Dan Witz

Dash Snow

DAZE

DEFER

DELTA

Dennis Hopper

Doze Green

 

E

Eddie Martinez

EINE

EL BARTO

Emory Douglas

Estevan Oriol

 

F

Fab 5 Freddy

FAILE

Faith XLVII

Felipe Pantone

Fly Tip Theater Puppets

Chris FREEDOM Pape

FUTURA 2000

 

G

Gajin Fujita

Glen E. Friedman

Globe Poster

Gordon Matta-Clark

Greg “CRAOLA” Simkins

Guerrilla Girls

 

H

HACER

Eric Haze

HENRY 161

Henry Chalfant

Herbert Migdoll

HO Scale Trains

HuskMitNavn

 

I

INVADER

 

J

Jane Dickson

Jason REVOK

Jean-Michel Basquiat

JEC*

Jenny Holzer

Jim Prigoff

Joe Conzo

John Ahearn

John Fekner

John Tsombikos

Jon Naar

José Parlá

Julie Reich, Ph.D

 

K

KATSU

KC Ortiz

Keith Haring

Kenny Scharf

KILROY WAS HERE

Kristofferson San Pablo

Kunle Martins/ EARSNOT

 

L

LADY PINK

LA-ZAR

Lee Quiñones

Lisa Kahane

 

M

MADSAKI

Maripol

Mark Gonzales

Mark Mothersbaugh

Martha Cooper

Matt Weber

Maya Hayuk

Michael Lawrence

Mike 171

Miss 17

Mister CARTOON

 

N

Nina Chanel Abney

NOC 167

 

P

Pat Riot

Patrick Martinez

Paul Insect

Political Graffiti

POSE

PRAY

 

R

RAMMELLZEE

Randall Harrington

RETNA

Richard Colman

Richard Hambleton

RIME

RISK

ROCKY 184

Ron English

Ron Finley

Ruby Neri

 

S

SABER

Sam Friedman

SANESMITH

Sayre Gomez

SEEN

Shepard Fairey

SHOE

SJK 171

SLICK

SNAKE 1

snipe1

Spray Paint Can Collection

STAY HIGH 149

Stephen Powers

STITCH 1

SWOON

 

T

Takashi Murakami

TAKI 183

TATS CRU

TENGAone

Tim Conlon

Timothy Curtis

Todd James

Trash Records

 

U

UGA

 

V

Venice Pavilion

VHILS

Victor Reyes

 

W

WICKED GARY

Writers Corner 188

 

Z

ZESER

 

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Brothers SANE and SMITH were pioneers in the late-1980s era as the New York subway system became graffiti-free and writers were pushed out. Their solution was to explore, in search of exciting new spots. In the summer of 1988, SANE and SMITH spent a late night painting their names on one of the outside pillars of the Brooklyn Bridge. Using large house-painting brushes, they pushed bucket paint into the craggy surface for hours while balanced on the foot-wide catwalk, defying a 120-foot fall into the East River with one miscalculation. It turned out that the big block letters across the Roebling family’s masterpiece and National Historic Landmark got far more of a reaction than anyone had anticipated.

By April of the following year, SANE and SMITH were being sued by the city and the Transit Authority in State Supreme Court. The brothers swung back by managing to secure lefty lawyer legend William Kunstler to represent them. The proceedings dragged out without the brothers paying a thing, but then SANE died young, Kunstler died as well, SMITH went underground, and eventually the authorities turned their attention elsewhere. SANE sometimes signs his name now as SANESMITH in remembrance of his brother, and their feat has inspired a slew of other writers to paint the bridge, an act of homage or sheer competition.

BEYOND THE STREETS New York, 2019. Photo by Dan Bradica.