XCIA's Street Art Project: The First Four Decades

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March 29 – April 12, 2012

XCIA's Street Art Project: The First Four Decades 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Arbus Bomb Boy Loves Tall Black Girls, Lower East Side, NYC, 2008
17 x 22 inches
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XCIA's Street Art Project: The First Four Decades 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Life Is Beautiful, 2010
39 3/4 x 60 1/2 inches
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XCIA's Street Art Project: The First Four Decades 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Yellow Morphing on Blue Wall, 2002
38 5/8 x 58 inches
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XCIA's Street Art Project: The First Four Decades 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

After Eisenstaedt/Kissing Skeletons, 2010/1981
38 1/2 x 55 inches
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XCIA's Street Art Project: The First Four Decades 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

DJ84, 1986
48 3/4 x 75 3/8 inches
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XCIA's Street Art Project: The First Four Decades 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Dream Door, 2010
39 3/4 x 20 1/2 inches
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XCIA's Street Art Project: The First Four Decades 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Park, 2010
74 3/4 x 48 1/2 inches
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XCIA's Street Art Project: The First Four Decades 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Iconic Debbie, 2010
38 3/4 x 61 inches
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XCIA's Street Art Project: The First Four Decades 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

34 East 12th Street, 1982
63 x 48 1/2 inches
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XCIA's Street Art Project: The First Four Decades 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

The Hedge Trimmer, 2012
48 3/4 x 34 inches
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XCIA's Street Art Project: The First Four Decades 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

I Love Soup Bomb Boy, 2010
48 1/4 x 48 5/8 inches
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XCIA's Street Art Project: The First Four Decades 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Four Jumping Shadows, 1981-82
39 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches
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XCIA's Street Art Project: The First Four Decades 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Love Is The Answer, 2010
39 3/4 x 57 inches
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XCIA's Street Art Project: The First Four Decades 2011 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Lady Gaga X 50, 2011
39 x 52 inches
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Press Release

Before becoming a photographer, Hank O’Neal was an agent with the Domestic Operations Division of the Central Intelligence Agency. In the mid 1970s, encouraged by his friend and mentor the legendary American photographer Berenice Abbott, and inspired by Walker Evans’ Depression-era photos of peeling posters and hand-painted signs, O’Neal left the CIA and devoted himself to documenting the burgeoning street art scene in New York City. Over the next 40 years, he would take thousands of photographs, compiling a legacy of one of the most vital and significant movements in the world of art. XCIA’s STREET ART PROJECT: The First Four Decades (Siman Media Works, 2012) is a meticulously documented, sumptuous celebration of some of the most beautiful, meaningful expressions of street art yet to be collected¾early work of SAMO (Jean-Michel Basquiat’s original street name); Keith Haring’s “Radiant Baby” in the New York City subway; a Banksy mural in a Los Angeles parking lot; Richard Hambleton’s “Shadowmen” of the 1980s; JR’s “Faces with Eye Masks” in 2011; the “Silence=Death” pink triangle posters; and Shepard Fairey’s now-iconic “Hope” portrait of Barack Obama, among many others.