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Saturday, June 28, 2014

CEY ADAMS Art Exhibit

reporter: Miguel Dominguez
Biography: Cey Adams web site


Art consultant Joyce Towbin Chasan had an exhibit of Ex Graffiti artist Cey Adams on May 14th at her beautiful loft Artsource International LLC.

Although some of the "usual suspects" (Artsource's very loyal art fans) were there, the crowd was somewhat different than the previous ones I've seen when covering earlier openings at her place, such as the exhibit of Eric Buechel and Joe Miller. Due to Cey's provenance and professional contacts, the recording industry was very prominently in attendance that night.


Cey Adams, a New York City native, emerged from the downtown graffiti movement to exhibit alongside fellow artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. He appeared in the historic 1982 PBS documentary Style Wars which tracks subway graffiti in New York. As the Creative Director of hip hop mogul Russell Simmons’ Def Jam Recordings, he co-founded the Drawing Board, the label’s in-house visual design firm, where he created visual identities, album covers, logos, and advertising campaigns for Run DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Notorious B.I.G., Maroon 5, and Jay-Z. He exhibits, lectures and teaches art workshops at institutions including: MoMA, Walker Art Center, MoCA Los Angeles, Pratt Institute, Stamford University, Howard University, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, High Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Mount Royal University and The University of Winnipeg in Canada.




Cey recently co-authored DEFinition: The Art and Design of Hip-Hop, published by Harper-Collins; and designed Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label, published by Rizzoli.


Cey's practice involves dismantling various imagery and paper elements to build multiple layers of color, texture, shadow, and light. Cey draws inspiration from 60's pop art, sign painting, comic books, and popular culture. His work focuses on themes including pop culture, race and gender relations, cultural and community issues.





Joyce Towbin Chasan picking fruit at the goodies table




Cey with Adam Horovitz from The Beasty Boys,
whose group logo Cey Designed







Cey and Joyce with Stanley Burns looking away










Cey with friend Bridget Everett and Adam in the back








Herbert, Patricia Duarte, Carlos Aníbal, Alex Carballo-Diéguez, PhD, Darlene Orlov, Cey, Joyce and Dr. Hoexter


Founder of HK&CO. Helen Kim with estates lawyer and author Herbert Nass





Allen with Mom Joyce and Cey










Jody Silver, Joyce, Ellen Sussman, Jolana Blair, and Thais Feiner

Joyce and Cey with Helen Kim and John De Lucie

Metrochai Top Banana  Michael Uman with Adam






Linda Selman, Jennie Franks, Bruce Allan, and Jon Sachs of XOJETS

Frank D. Gretz and Jolana Blau


Joyce and her sons Adam, Allen, and Mitch, with Gingi Tilbury at left

Dr. Alex with Darlene

Videographer with Stanley Burns, MD, FACS

Admiring one of Cey's pieces

Valeri Larko and Gary Lamar with Cey in the middle

Jennie Franks, Carlos Aníbal, and Darlene


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