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On occasion, Christie's has a direct financial int… Read more LOISAIDA: 1980’S GRAFFITI AND STREET ART FROM THE JOHN P. AXELROD COLLECTION


oil on plaster
15 x 19 x 7 in. (38.1 x 48.3 x 17.8 cm.)
Executed in 1981.
Estate of Jonas Aarons, New York
Their sale; Skinner, Boston, 3 February 2012
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Andover, Massachusetts, Addison Gallery of American Art, LOISAIDA: New York's Lower East Side in The 80's, April-July 2014.
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John Ahearn is a New York based artist, best known for his casted sculptures he began creating in the early 1980s. Throughout his career and practice, Ahearn has focused on creation of public art and street art in the South Bronx, hoping to make art more accessible.

Of the casting process, Ahearn said, “I like having an immediate physical relationship with the people that I work with, and I like having an activity that involves direct participation in the making of the artwork.” Ahearn also said that interacting with the public during his cast-making process enabled him to combat the loneliness he felt when he first moved to New York City.

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