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Art Basel Miami Beach 2018: Fab 5 Freddy Pays Homage to His Heroes

Sometimes, you have to go to Miami to meet a New York icon. On Tuesday night, hip-hop pioneer and visual artist Fab 5 Freddy was hanging out at the Nautilus Hotel, where he was unveiling new works in collaboration with Half Gallery and Harper’s Books.
“These are all kind of iconic heroes to me in different regards coming up,” said Fab 5 Freddy of the works, which include Bruce Lee, Jim Kelly, Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa as bedazzled subjects set atop collages images. “The way I work, I think of it similar to the way hip-hop is made. I find images and I move it around digitally, kind of like I’m sampling, putting things together and remixing and then printing on canvas. And then me and my team, we apply these crystals, make it kind of come to life. It’s almost like a form of animation, when you move around the work there’s some movement going on with the light.”
As for the rest of the week, he’s keeping things relaxed. “I try to see good stuff but not get too overwhelmed. You can have art overload down here — you can OD,” he said.
Half Gallery’s Bill Powers linked up with the artist

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