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Lee Quinones on graffiti

Lee Quinones talks about the unique styles used by graffiti artists. To learn more about what artists have to say, take our online course, Modern and Contemporary Art, 1945-1989. Created by The Museum of Modern Art.

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- Everybody has their own signature, their own direction. And when you ask any one here in this room to write their name, they're all gonna be very different. And some people probably will probably some calligraphy like, and that R starts to now sprout legs, such as thing, you know, dance. And then when it becomes radical, the R is right there and it just has a kick to it. And then Renaldi brings it to another level where it becomes so abstract it's still an R, but it becomes an animals, just morphs into a whole thing. And then when you add another letter to that, it just becomes this whole abstract war machine. It's pretty amazing. You know Taki would write like this, literally like this, crude, in 1970. And if he probably would have kept writing, he probably would have made that T like that and then the K and then the I and then it becomes more stylistic, more calligraphy, and it becomes more attractive, you know? So that's what we're doing, but we were actually not realizing creating this like really kind of like new language. (laughs)