LENNY “FUTURA” MCGURR
From April 16 to 19 (2013) Futura (NYC, USA), one of the fathers of graffiti in the 70s, intervened an iconic wall located on Insurgentes Avenue, one of the longest avenues in the world. This wall is now part of the circuit of the ALL CITY CANVAS 2012 Festival, which spans through downtown Mexico City. At the age of 15, Futura was already obsessed with his visual identity. Motivated by the dream of becoming a famous artist, he created Futura 2000, based on a reference out of a Kubrik movie and a year that seemed so distant, he couldn’t understand how he would still be alive by then. As a self-taught artist, Futura’s education began on Brodway’s line 1 of the New York City subway, working his way up as one of urban art’s most innovative artists. His solo show at the Fun Gallery in 1982 established him as one of contemporary art’s most happening artist at the time, on the same level as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, becoming a pioneer of the artistic movement of the 80s. He came to be known as “The Wateau of the Spraycan” and was even compared to Kandinsky. He held art exhibits in the US and Europe for more than a decade before making commercial collaborations in the 90s that brought graffiti to the masses and inspired new generations of urban artists. Worshiped by artists like Swoon and Neate, Futura’s work is considered to be extremely influential, uniting contemporary pop art with street graffiti. Futura introduced urban art to society, which is now at its peak. We’d like to add that ACCGS would not have been possible without the support of Hennessy Very Special and the government institutions such as the Government of the Federal District, the Ministry of Public Security, the Authority of the Public Space and the Graffiti Unit.