Todd “REAS” James: Garden of Eden

When I think of Todd James’ artwork, I think of the quintessential American artist. There are so many entry points, pop-cultural winks, sub-culture nods, a heritage of graffiti and cartoon, TV and even just mid-century abstraction. As REAS, he was a pioneer of NYC graffiti, a combination of characters and style that immediately changed the way graffiti was constructed and done. There were connections to the Beastie Boys and of course the art direction of “Crank Yankers,” putting James as a central figure of the graffiti (and really, art) crossover into a more mainstream culture. 

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