Antiquorum has announced it will host "CRASH: Back on the Block," an exhibit of new works by celebrated graffiti artist and avid watch collector John CRASH Matos. The show will be held September 13 through October 6 at Antiquorum's Gallery space on 57th Street and Madison Avenue in New York City and will feature approximately 12 new large-scale works, as well as a "pop-up shop" of watches for sale by Antiquorum.
For the first time since he famously paintEd English guitarist and singer-songwriter Eric Clapton's five guitars, one of which sold at auction for over $321,000 in 2004, CRASH will hand paint another special object - this time, a Patek Philippe clock. "I'll be using pop-inspired colors to paint the clock, something a little 'street', but keeping some of the refined elements intact," said CRASH. The proceeds will be donated to the AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA).
"We are thrilled to host CRASH's exhibition in Antiquorum's Gallery," said Evan Zimmermann, President & CEO, Antiquorum. "It is an exciting collaboration between two symbiotic disciplines - art and watch collecting - both of them rooted in creativity and innovation and which share a unique and personal connection with collectors."
In conjunction with this exceptional event, Antiquorum will host a "pop-up shop," featuring a selection of fine and rare vintage watches, contemporary wristwatches and small clocks for sale throughout the exhibition. The items will be carefully curated and selected by Antiquorum's renowned experts and include offerings from luxury brands such as Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Cartier and Rolex, according to Michael Friedman, Horological Director of AntiquoruM. Friedman, who has collaborated with CRASH on numerous projects in the past, partnered with him on the idea to host the exhibition at Antiquorum's Gallery.