See photos of rare graffiti pieces from “Write of Passage” (slide show, video)

Get a sneek peek at the educational program coming to Red Bull Studios this week, and check out subway artwork from legendary wall-sprayers.

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    “Stay High 149″ by Mark Ali Awfe

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  • Photograph: Ian Reid

    Straphanger sculpture by Carlos "Mare 139" Rodriguez

  • Photograph: Henry Chalfant

    Write of Passage

  • Photograph: Henry Chalfant

  • Photograph: Ian Reid

    “Stay High 149″ by Mark Ali Awfe

Photograph: Ian Reid

“Stay High 149″ by Mark Ali Awfe

Graffiti has come a long way, from a type of vandalism to a trendy and commercially viable art form, exhibited in today's world of clever wall-sprayers pulling "stunts" such as selling their work for a mere $60. "Write of Passage," opening on Saturday, will explore the history of graffiti in NYC and its influence on global culture with discussions, workshops and screenings. Curated by graffiti historian Sacha Jenkins and art collective Mass Appeal in conjunction with Red Bull, the six-week program wouldn't be complete without an exhibition of important graffiti works, including a life-size painted subway train. Check out the full schedule for more information.


“Graffiti—or what many of us call writing—is often misconstrued, denigrated, or simply ignored by America’s people and her institutions—both on the academic and fine-arts side of things," said Jenkins in a press release. Rectify that void by checking out the series, which runs October 19 through November 23 at Red Bull Studios (218 W 18th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves), and click through the photos above for a sneak peek.



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