Photo de profil de HenryChalfant.



Photo de profil de HenryChalfant.

Born in 1940

Henry Chalfant is an American photographer and videographer born in 1940 who is specialized in historical photography of murals and graffiti on trains created by the pioneers of the movement and of hip-hop culture in general. A true detective on the lookout for the best shot, Henry Chalfant was able to capture ephemeral works of art on trains before they were destroyed or covered up. He photographed Lee Quinones' work on two subway cars in the Bronx in 1977, and then his interest in subculture grew and he decided to devote himself to this, at the time, very controversial specialty. His book made in collaboration with Martha Cooper : Subway art, which no American publisher wanted to publish in 1989, became a best seller and a real reference. His photographs are now on display in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh.


    - Bachelor’s Degree - Stanford University, Stanford, USA.



    - Henry Chalfant : Art vs. Transit, Bronx Museum, New York, USA, September 25th, 2019 - March 8th, 2020.


    - Henry Chalfant: 1980, Speerstra Gallery. Paris, France, October 7th - November 10th.

    - Henry Chalfant: 1980, Solo installation by Eric Firestone Gallery at the Paris Photo photography fair. Paris, France November 9th - 12th.


    - Henry Chalfant, Steven Kasher Gallery. New York, USA, January 30th - March 8th.


    - Henry Chalfant: Art is not a Crime, Speerstra Gallery Paris. Paris, France, December 12th - 29th.


    - 10 Years: 1977 - 1987, Prosper Tokyo. Tokyo, Japan; The Prosper Gallery, New York, USA. (catalogue)


    - Untitled, Addison - Ripley Gallery. Washington, USA.


    - Instituto de Cultura Norteamericana. Barcelona, Spain.

    - Riverside Studios. London, UK.


    - Canton Art Institute. Canton, USA.


    - Graffiti in New York, OK Harris Works of Art. New York, USA.



    - Concrete to Canvas, West Chelsea Contemporary, Austin, TX, USA, November 6th - January 2nd.

    - New York Street Style : création des années 80 - Ghost Galerie, Paris, juillet - septembre 2022.


    - Nos Fantômes - exposition inaugurale, Ghost galerie, Paris, France, 10 Septembre - 20 Novembre, 2021.

    - Icons Vandals, West Chelsea Contemporary, Austin, TX, USA, May 15th - July 11th.


    - Hip-Hop, Un Âge d’Or, Musée d’Art Contemporain. Marseille, France, May 13th, 2017 - January 8th, 2018.

    - Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect, Bronx Museum of Arts. New York, USA, November 8th, 2017 - April 8th, 2018.


    - Epoxy, Rose Béton Festival, Musée des Abattoirs. Toulouse, France, June 15th - August 28th.


    - The Bridges of Graffiti, curated by Fondazione de Mitri and Mode2, Venice Biennial. Venice, Italy, May 9th - November 22th.


    - Art in the Streets, MOCA. Los Angeles, USA, April 17th - August 8th. (catalogue) 2010

    - Né dans la Rue - Graffiti, Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain. Paris, France, July 7th, 2009 - January 10th, 2010. (catalogue)


    - Whole in the Wall, Halenbeck Gallery. New York, USA, May 29th - June 27th.


    - Hip Hop exhibit at the Experience Music Project. Seattle, USA.


    - Hip Hop: A Cultural Expression, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

    - Art of the American Century Part II, Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, USA.

    - Urban Mythologies, organized by Lydia Yee and Betti-Sue Hertz, The Bronx Museum of the Arts. New York, USA, April 8th - September 5th. (catalogue)


    - New York Graffiti Art : Coming from the Subway (Collection Speerstra), Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands, October 4th - January 10th (catalogue)


    - Since the Harlem Renaissance: 50 years of Afro-American Art, Center Gallery of Bucknell University. Lewisburgh, USA (travelling exhibition), April 13th, 1984 - November 1st, 1985. (catalogue)

    - Content: A Contemporary Focus, 1974-1984, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, USA, October 4th, 1984 - January 6th, 1985.


    - Art: A Show of Comics, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown. New York, USA, August 12th - 26th.


    - New York/New Wave, P.S.1, Institute for Art and Urban ressources. Long Island City, February 15th - April 5th.


    - Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA.

    - Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, USA.

    - Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands.

    - Bronx Museum, New York, USA.


    - CHALFANT H. and JENKINS S., Training Days, Thames and Hudson, London, United Kingdom 2015.

    - Art in the Streets, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Rizzoli International Publications Inc., Los Angeles, USA, 2011

    - Né dans la Rue: Graffiti, Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain. Paris, France, July 2009.

    - Henry CHalfant, 10 Years: 1977 - 1987, Prosper Tokyo. Tokyo, 2002.

    - Urban Mythologies: The Bronx Represented since the 1960s, edited by John Alan Farmer, Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, USA, 1999.

    - New York Graffiti Art: Coming from the Subway, edited by Benjamin and Partners in association with the Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands, 1992.

    - CHALFANT H. and PRIGOFF J., Spray Can, Thames and Hudson, London, United Kingdom & New York, USA, 1987.

    - Since the Harlem Renaissance: 50 years of Afro-American Art, Joseph Jacobs with the Center Gallery at Bucknell University, Lewisburgh, USA, 1985.

    - CHALFANT H. and COOPER M., Subway Art, Thames and Hudson, London, United Kingdom, 1984.

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