229. Dondi White
Dear, Yours Truly (1983)
Signed and dated 1983 on the reverse
Spraypaint on canvas, 158.4 x 182.4 cm
Collection Geertjan Visser (1931-2010), Retie, thence by descent
New York Graffiti (exhibition catalogue), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, 1984, p. 19
– Groninger Museum, Groningen, 14 January – 26 February 1984 (inv.no. 1983/59)
– Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, New York Graffiti, 8 September – 7 October 1984
In artist’s frame.
Geertjan Visser (1931-2010) was, together with his brother Martin (1922-2009), one of the main and most influential collectors of his generation in the Netherlands. Today, the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo houses over 400 works from their impressive collection, including works by artists like Lucio Fontana, Anselm Kiefer, and Bruce Nauman. The renowned ‘Collection Visser’ also includes art by the third brother, the successful sculptor Carel Visser (1928-2015).
Dondi White was a legendary graffiti artist from New York City who left a lasting impact on the world of street art. Born in New York, Dondi was a pioneer of the graffiti movement in the 1970s and 1980s, creating bold and colourful pieces that could be found all over the city. He was known for his signature “Dondi” tag, which he would spray in huge letters on subway trains and buildings.
“Dear, Yours Truly” is a outstanding artwork as it perfectly captures Dondi White’s style and aesthetic. The artwork features the words “Dear” and “Yours Truly” written in graffiti letters, using Dondi’s signature style of dynamic and colourful lettering. The words are arranged in a way that creates a powerful visual impact, and they are accompanied by illustrations of (cartoon) characters. The use of vibrant colours in the background and the bold lettering give this piece a playful yet powerful feel.
Dondi’s influence extended beyond the streets of New York City. His work has been featured in galleries and museums around the world, and he was a mentor to many young graffiti artists who were just starting out. His legacy lives on and continues to inspire new generations of street artists. So, if you’re ever in New York City and looking for some truly unique and exciting street art, keep an eye out for Dondi White’s iconic works.
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