Art enthusiasts and watch aficionados gathered at Antiquorum for the opening receptions of "CRASH: Back on the Block," an exhibition of new works by celebrated graffiti artist, John CRASH Matos and a pop-up shop of fine watches for sale by Antiquorum. The show runs now through October 6th at Antiquorum's Gallery located in The Fuller Building on Madison Avenue in New York.
At the opening events held September 12th - 13th, attendees had the opportunity to preview the outstanding collection of new works by CRASH as well as a hand-painted Patek Philippe dome clock that will be offered in Antiquorum's upcoming December 5th auction in New York, with proceeds benefitting the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA).
In addition to the exhibit of CRASH's works, attendees also had the chance to view Antiquorum's pop-up shop of rare vintage watches, contemporary wristwatches and small clocks for sale. The items have been selected by Antiquorum's world-renowned experts and are from well-known brands such as Audemars Piguet, Cartier, Patek Philippe, Panerai, Tudor and Rolex.
"Creativity and artistry are at the core of our business and it was a wonderful opportunity to experience graffiti art and fine timepieces at the opening of this special exhibit," said Evan Zimmermann, President & CEO, Antiquorum. We are pleased to continue to offer our clients new and exciting experiences throughout the year in addition to our traditional auctions."
The show's title, "CRASH: Back on the Block" references the heyday of graffiti art in midtown before it moved to Chelsea. Curated by Michael Friedman and Anna Matos, the exhibition of large-scale works in pop-inspired colors, looks back at the past while showcasing CRASH's signature style and unique approach to old and new themes. With this show, CRASH's career comes full circle and he returns to the same block that propelled his career almost 30 years ago.
"I liked the idea of coming back to 57th street, because it was where all the key players in the art world used to be. That idea of coming "back on the block" is in the actual art. Back to large scale. Back to raw colors. Back to iconography that I am both known for and like. It's about moving forward, but knowing what came before," said John CRASH Matos.
While previewing the art, guests were treated to cocktails and hors d'oeuvres by Tom Orlando Events and tunes spun by the legendary DJ Smoke at the VIP opening.
"The opening of CRASH's 'Back on the Block' exhibition coupled with Antiquorum's pop up shop was a great success," said Michael Friedman, Horological Director & Watch Expert, Antiquorum. Our diverse selection of wristwatches, pocket watches and small clocks from the last 100 years mirrors the expressive and kinetic nature of CRASH's work. His piece, 'No Time for War', with its bold spray painted watch gears, and his incredible work transforming the Patek Philippe dome clock into a piece of modern art, beautifully demonstrates a blend of classic horology and individual expression that only CRASH can create.
Exhibition Schedule: The exhibition and watch pop up shop is open to the public and may be viewed Monday through Friday from 11 am – 5 pm from September 13 through October 6 at Antiquorum (located at 595 Madison Avenue, 5th floor). For more information, call (212) 750 -1103 or email firstname.lastname@example.org