Lee Quinones: Graffiti and Beyond

The Looking at Music 3.0 exhibition includes Lee Quinones’s 1991 Century of the Wind screenprint from the YOUR HOUSE IS MINE portfolio, which decries New York City’s skyrocketing real estate prices. Considered one of the most influential artists to emerge from the city’s 1970s subway art movement, Quinones continues to produce work ripe with provocative sociopolitical content and intricate composition. We visited Lee’s studio, where he talked about his passion for drawing and music and discussed his new billboard-sized canvas, Benchmark, a dynamic tribute to his legendary subway painter peers. (The work is currently on view in Los Angeles, as part of MOCA’s Art in the Streets exhibition).

And be sure to check out this short lesson on graffiti that only Lee could give!