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Bill Blast- Catalogue d'Exposition

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38 pages
Text(s) by Hervé Lourdel
Designed by Albane Coissard and Hugo Hectus
Photograph(s) by Aleksandar Katancevic and Léo d'Oriano
22 x 22 cm 
Language: French, English
Publisher: Graffiti & Co. Fine Arts
Edition of 70 copies

Willam Cordero aka Bill Blast is an American artist and one of the greatest New York Graffiti writers of the 1980's period. A New York City native, Cordero was born in 1964, and grew up in Harlem. In the early 80's he was part of a group of subway writers that eventually made the shift to the gallery scene. Bill primarily painted on walls of basketball courts and has, in fact, very few trains to his credit. In 1982, in what became commonly known as "Rock Steady Park" Bill painted two masterpieces on opposite sides of a handball court. The first was entitled, Sky's the limit, referencing the lyrics in Keep On by the group, D- train. The painting consisted of several prominent New York City landmarks and created an urban backdrop for the empowering message inherent within the lyrics. The second mural was entitled Eye of the Tiger. Today, the murals are long gone. The tiny plot of land on West 99th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, once a popular practice location for the b-boying legends, Rock Steady Crew, has been reclaimed and remodeled and the handball courts no longer exist.

Bill's work has been on view within the exhibit entitled, <Art vs Transit> curated by Henry Chalfant for The Bronx Museum of the Arts. He was also part of the tribute exhibition of the Museum of Graffiti in Miami. His work can also be found in the collection of the MOMA, New York, NY.