American, 20th Century
Showpaper Box, 2010
Signed repeatedly with artist's device
Mixed media on newspaper box
48 x 16 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches
Showpaper Newspaper Box Show, Nov. 14, 2010, New York
Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Art in the Streets, Apr. 17- Aug. 8 2011, Los Angeles
Considered one of the lynchpins in the progression of graffiti and transition to Street Art, Cost spent parts of the 80s and 90s blanketing New York in wheatpasted posters, stickers, and giant paint roller blockbuster pieces, often with his co-conspirator Revs. This work was commissioned by Showpaper for a 2010 exhibition of 12 similar examples by various artists. After the exhibition, the newspaper boxes were placed on sidewalks throughout New York. This box was surreptitiously removed within 3 days and immediately listed for sale online. The artist and several others intervened, and the box was returned to Cost. The box was later shown in the 2011 Art in the Streets exhibition at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.
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