Spray Paint Can Collection – Beyond The Streets

Spray Paint Can Collection


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

 

#

1UP CREW

720°

 


The cans in this display are many of the same cans that early graffiti writers used in the 1960s to 1980s. Spray paint is a technology that became an art medium, just like motion pictures and still photography before it and everything digital after. The first spray paint was developed in 1949, but the 1960s saw the first mass-market distribution of it in an easy-to-use, reliable form. It was almost immediately used for graffiti.

Spray paint was never intended to be an art medium, and companies would typically produce a dozen or two colors at a time. For graffiti writers, the special colors in production for only a year or two were highly sought after and hoarded. Today, such colors — and other old cans like these — are collector’s items.

European spray paint companies in the 1990s were the first to develop their products with artists in mind, and today, an artist can order hundreds of colors online.

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