Photo de profil de Toxic.

TOXIC

(Torrick Ablack - American)

Born in 1965

Photo de profil de Toxic.
Toxic, born Torrick Ablack in 1985 in the Bronx, New York, is a pioneer artist of the Graffiti movement of the 1980’s. Evolving close to Kool Koor and A-One, he started painting New York trains and walls at the age of 13. After meeting Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1983, he started producing work on canvas while keeping his intricate and intently crafted lettering as well as his powerful and highly personal chromatic experiments. With Basquiat and Rammellzee, Toxic forms the group “Hollywood Africans” in order to fight against the stereotypes afro-americans face in the art industry. Toxic is one of the last leading figures of the Graffiti movement still alive today. Recently, he participated in the important exhibition Writing the Future : Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation at the Boston Museum of Arts in 2020.

« Avec Basquiat et Rammellzee, nous étions les ‘Hollywood Africains’ »


« On voulait surtout changer l’histoire. Au début des années 1980, il faut se rendre compte qu’il n’y avait pas d’artistes noirs dans les galeries et les musées aux Etats-Unis, c’était très rare. On voulait changer ça. Avec Jean, Rammellzee, Dondi et A-One, on en parlait beaucoup. On vivait tous à cinq minutes les uns des autres dans l’East Village, on se voyait tous les jours »



    SOLO EXHIBITIONS


    2020

    - Torrick Ablack aka Toxic: Meanwhile in 2020, Galerie Géraldine Zberro, Paris, France, November.


    2018

    - Torrick «TOXIC» Ablack - Project 48-17/18, ArtCan Gallery, Marseille, France, October 12th to November 16th.


    2016

    - Get in where you fit in, Galerie Géraldine Zberro, Paris, France, June 16th - 27th.


    GROUP EXHIBITIONS


    2022

    - New York Street Style : création des années 80 - Ghost Galerie, Paris, juillet - septembre2022.

    - Accrochage saisonnier, Ghost Galerie, Paris, France, Janvier-Juin 2022


    2021

    - Ghost DNA - exposition d’ouverture - opening exhibition, Ghost galerie, Paris, France, July 7th - September 4th.

    - Writing the Future. Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation, Museum of fine arts, Boston, USA October 18th - July 25th


    2020

    - Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip Hop Generation, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, October 18th, 2020 - July 25th, 2021.


    2018

    - We Are Back, ArtCan Gallery, Marseille, France, April 6th - May 12th.

    - Papers and Wood, Audrey Hatchikian Gallery, Paris, France, July 4th, 2017 - August 31th, 2018.


    2017

    - En mémoire des Hollywood Africans (Toxic, Basquiat, Rammellzee), Taglialatella Galleries, Paris, France, May 19th - June 21st.


    2016

    - Glamorous Graffiti: Basquiat, Crash, Haring & more, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, New York, USA, March 19th - June 10th.


    2011

    - Graffiti, New York 80’s, Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont, Paris, France, May 27th - July 20th.


    2009

    - Tag au Grand Palais (Collections Gallizia), Grand Palais. Paris, France, March 27th - April 26th.


    1985

    - Fashion Moda presents: A-ONE, TOXIC, KOOR, Fashion Moda, Bronx, New York, USA, opening May 18th.


    1983

    - Post-Graffiti, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, USA, December 1th - 31th. (catalogue)


    1982

    - Ikonoclast Panzerism Versus Tricnology, Squat Theatre, one night benefit organized by Stephen Norton, New York, USA, October 30th.



    PERMANENT COLLECTIONS


    - Galerie Zberro, Paris, France.

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