“MADSAKI’s work is the culmination of his attempts to understand his bicultural identity growing up in America. Or more specifically, in New Jersey, right on the border of those hallowed grounds of the Bronx and Manhattan — the holy grail of not only graffiti history but the entire world of fine-art institutions and blue-chip-gallery culture. His paintings, ‘serious; spoofs of the most famed artworks in the Western world, rendered with a spray-can aesthetic, perfectly capture the sense of an artist at a distance and unsure of what the rules are supposed to be. What is art? What is graffiti? Where does a lack of inclusion in the traditional art world meet the desire to vandalize? That sort of rule-breaking led to…

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