AVANT STREET ART COLLECTIVE NYC (1981-1984)

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Flowers of the concrete jungle aren’t always roses birthing from the sidewalk. AVANT, a group of misfit artists consisting of the groups anchors Christopher Hart Chambers, David Fried, and Marc Thorne formed at the beginning of the decade (1981-1984) decided to tag the streets reeling from effects of Reaganomics, drugs, poverty and the city’s everyday hard knocks with messages to sometimes uplift and to portray the reality of the city’s canvas.

Orchids of seedy Big Apple neighborhoods weathered by the elements housed these not so rare gems with 1000s plastered on common components of society.
Highlights of reds, whites, blacks, yellows, to mimic the cities dwellers, each piece will either preach a message of awareness or deliver protest war and violence.

Unlike the Da Vinci presentations at The Louvre in Paris, or the Georgia O’Keeffe displays at The Smithsonian in our nation’s capital, Avant used the streets of the Manhattan borough to display their murals.

One of the captions that caught my eye was “Wake Up!”

Their message acted as a free alarm clock.

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-Clifton Bullock

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