Gallery 98

ART EPHEMERA 1960s – 1990s

Gallery 98 is for collectors and researchers. We specialize in announcement cards, posters, publications and other art ephemera from the 1960s - 1990s. For all inquiries: 98bowery@gmail.com | Sign up for our Newsletter    

BLADE: King of Graffiti
Photographs, Cards, Drawings, Publications

In the words of curator Roger Gastman, “Before New York City made graffiti world famous, BLADE was one of the people who made it famous in New York.” BLADE  (Steven Ogburn) was only fifteen years old when in 1972 he tagged his first train. By 1974 he was painting full cars, and over the next ten years he is said to have painted over 5,000 trains. Far more prolific than his peers, BLADE was the self-proclaimed “King of Trains.”

BLADE was also a talented and ambitious artist. Each of his subway paintings was planned in advance. He was always inventing new ways to render his name, coming up with original color schemes, and creating new cartoon characters to enliven his works. His paintings on trains clearly stood out and were often captured by the two most important photographers of subway art, Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant.

When graffiti-based art moved into art galleries in the early 1980s, BLADE began working on canvas. He was included in all the early “graffiti shows,” and over the years has exhibited in hundreds of museums and galleries. Energetic, personable and ambitious, BLADE personifies the graffiti art movement in all its varied manifestations. His work is not only represented in most books on graffiti, but he is also the subject of two artist monographs.

Gallery 98 has recently obtained a large collection of BLADE ephemera from his lifelong Bronx friend Ronald Glazer. Over the years BLADE shared with his friend photographs of his works, gallery invitation cards, publications, and regularly left behind spontaneous sketches. Almost all the items are signed and many contain personal messages.

(Please click individual items for price and full description)

Blade, The Day I Became King!, Photograph, 1975

Blade, Blade The King, Photograph, Signed on back, c. 1976

BLADE, BLADE in front of Jointman, Signed, Photograph, c. 1982-1983

Blade, Blade in Front of Abstagraf, Inscription on back, Photograph, 1994

Blade, Blade with Pamela Anderson, Provocative Inscription on back, Photograph, 2011

blade card for stellweg séguy gallery

Stellweg Séguy Gallery, Blade, Card, 1984

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De Gemeente Helmond, BLADE & Quick, Folded Card, 1993

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Blade, Martinez Gallery, Signed, Card, 1998

Eric Firestone Gallery, BLADE, Down By Law, Signed, Card and Price List, 2010

Blade, Book Signing + Artist Talk at the Museum of the City of New York, Signed with Inscription on back, Flyer, 2014

BLADE, Not Dollar, Drawing, ND

Blade, RIP Blade, Drawing, ND

BLADE, I’m Home, Signed, Drawing, 1986

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BLADE and Comet, Hand with Knife, Signed, Drawing on Offset Print, 1992

BLADE, If Something Happens To Me, Signed, Hand Written Will, 2001

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Henk Pijnenburg, BLADE & QUIK, BLADE “Swirls of Love From My Inner Passions”, QUIK “Be Grateful That You Are an Artist”, Signed by BLADE, Catalog, 1992

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BLADE, Backspin “Hip Hop Magazine”, Signed, Magazine, 1999

Sotheby’s Amsterdam, The Writing on the Wall, Graffiti auction catalog, 2003

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Henk Pijnenburg & BLADE, BLADE King of Kings, Signed, Book, 2009

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Martha Cooper, Blade, Henry Chalfant, Photo/Graff, Photos of Subway Art 1970s – 1980s, Book, 008/100, Signed, 2010

Chris Pape, BLADE King of Graffiti, Book, 2014