Home to an assortment of cutting edge street artists, Amsterdam welcomes the King of Graffiti for a triple event in his honour on show from 26 June to 14 July in collaboration with ArTicks Gallery.
Blade, otherwise known as Steven Ogburn, has a long history of dominating the NYC street scene, and has previously presented his impressive collection in the Netherlands.
For his return to the Dutch capital, a stellar line up of activity and art is scheduled to kick off with an opening event on 26 June. Starting at ArTicks Gallery with the exhibition of Blade’s newest collection of artworks on canvas.
Afterwards, the action continues at 5-Elementz. In a TV Talk Show setting with host Kev Visser aka Dirk Richard Tinus and the king himself, Ogburn will discuss the 70â€™s NYC graffiti scene and the old â€˜linesâ€™ of the New York City Subway that he use to rule.Â Great 70s funk music will be provided by DJ Nekst to knock things up another notch.
After an autograph signing and meeting opportunity, the last part of the trilogy will take place at Cafe Batavia where the king and his subjects can feast on NYC style hotdogs, pizza and drinks in the presence of The King of Graffiti with additional artworks done by the Codex Inferno Art Collective. Music inspired by 70s and 80s Funk/Soul and HipHop will be provided, courtesy DJ Turne.
The King, Steven Ogburn started his career as a successful artist during the early 70s in New York City where he painted thousands of subway trains.Â Since then he has shown his artwork at many international exhibitions.
In 1994 Steven was exhibited at the Groninger Museum where he was introduced to Dutch Queen Beatrix. His canvases have also appeared at the Stedelijk Museum, MOCA Los Angeles and Sothebyâ€™s.