On the occasion of the arrival of Futura at Magda Danysz last December, the Paris gallery and the Italian editions Drago publish Full Frame, a new monograph of the American artist, 18 years after his first book. The book explores the life of the legendary Futura artist, aka Lenny Mc Gurr, from the 1980s to the present, and contains behind-the-scenes photographs of the artist at work and many of his works. “I guess I have to admire the need to set things on fire”: this quote, from Futura’s collaboration with punk band The Clash, illustrates his creative approach. As a pioneer of abstract graffiti, Futura started in the 1970s by bombing trains from his hometown of New York. He then quickly transferred this style to canvas and noticed by those who will become his companions, among others, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Futura has had a decisive influence on urban culture through both its art and collaborations with iconic brands such as NIKE, Levi’s, Vans, Hennessey, Medicom Toys and its own brand, Futura Laboratories. Over the past 40 years, he has been pushing the boundaries of street art. This book is the first to bring together in one place the fruits of his extraordinary creativity. With a rich collection of photographs, this book presents Futura’s work, from his beginnings to his more current work, and is addressed not only to the many fans of his work, but also to lovers of fine books in search of quality works. “As an abstract graffiti artist, Futura has paved the way for a new form of creativity, paving the way for the birth of the most important artistic movement of the century,” says Magda Danysz. “His contribution and the way he has inspired generations of urban artists make him a legend.”

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