Picture This: Exploring Punk’s Artsy Roots at New NYC Exhibit

Museum of Arts and Design

When you think of punk rock, buzzsaw guitar playing, breakneck tempos and sweaty bodies pogoing may spring to mind. However, the subversive genre and subculture is as much a visual medium as it is an aural one. The new exhibit, Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986 documents how art and design were as integral to the revolution as three guitar chords.

 

 

Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986

From expropriated images and texts to the DIY zines that challenged the slickness and soullessness of mainstream media, Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die explores punk’s visual language through its most memorable graphics. On view at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) through August 18, the show features more than 400 works including flyers, posters, zines, album covers, and other ephemera spanning an entire decade; the majority of the objects featured are courtesy of New York collector Andrew Krivine. Originating at Bloomfield Hills, Michigan’s Cranbrook Art Museum, the exhibition has been updated to reflect punk’s New York roots, featuring additions such as Blondie and the Ramones memorabilia, flyers from the infamous CBGB, and original issues of the short-lived seminal fanzine Punk (which gave the movement its name).

 

Christopher Scoates Director of the Museum of Art and Design and Sex Pistol, John Lydon ar the opening of 'Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die'.

 

New York collector Andrew Krivine has amassed a fascinating collection

Venturing beyond the stereotypical “ransom note style” aesthetics of the decade, the works on view are arranged thematically, examining a variety of visual design strategies, including parody and pastiche, and techniques such as appropriation and collage. Such approaches are evident in the retro graphics reinterpreted by bands like the Go Go’s, The B-52’s and The Selecter, and in the more aggressive style of political revolutionary album art adopted by The Clash, Dead Kennedys and the Au Pairs.

Since its genesis on the Bowery over four decades ago, punk has seeped into the mainstream and in recent years, has become a favorite topic for cultural institutions; The Metropolitan Museum of Art presented the fashion-themed Punk: Chaos to Couture in 2013. MAD’s exhibition adds to the conversation by examining the genre through the lens of art and cultural history, presenting and debating innovative works and ideas with lots of energy, color, and noise.

Though critics and fans may never agree whether the death knell has sounded for punk rock, Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die is a testament that subversion and individualism never go out of style. Museum of Art and Design (MAD).

Story by Daniel Alonso

 

 
 

 
 

Beauty and sophistication from Valli for H&M

Giambattista Valli for H&M

CUT By Wolfgang Puck

Marcel Everette

Man and Machine - Precise Construction

Chateau la Gordonne

Rosé for Summer 19

Gulfstream G650ER and the Gulfstream G500 are contenders to win The International Yacht & Aviation Awards for Private Jet Design

Gulfstream G650ER and the Gulfstream G500

Thomas Burberry Monogram

By Riccardo Tisci

The House Of Rolls-Royce's Inspired Champagne Chest

Rolls-Royce Champagne Chest

Casa Dragones Tequila

Fine Sipping Tequila by Casa Dragones

Ford Escape

All New For 2020

Picture This: Exploring Punk’s Artsy Roots

Jeff Leatham

Reflective Nature at Intersect By Lexus NYC

H&M Studio SS19 - The Glam Explorer

The Glam Explorer H&M SS 119

Social Sessions Four Seasons LV

Social Sessions Four Seasons LV

"Bed & Shred" Hotel Erwin, Venice

Bed & Shred At The Hotel Erwin

Throwing It Down For Fashion

Lexus and John Elliott

Fiat 500 F series at MOMA

Fiat 500 F series at MOMA

2 Moncler 1952

Moncler Genius Program

Master & Dynamic's MW50

Great Sound From Master & Dynamic

Preparation Concierge

Preparation Concierge

Proposal Package at Crane’s Beach House Boutique Hotel & Luxury Villas Beach House

Pop the question with unforgettable style at Crane’s Beach House

Louis Pommery

Welcome 2019 With Louis Pommery by Champagne Pommery.

#UnwrapAJaguar

Jonathan Scott's Mobile Holiday Window

Sena New York

Sena New York Signature Jewelry Collection

A Bit Of Bentley For The Holidays

A bit of Bentley for the holidays.

Holiday 2018 Is All About A Blanket

Rumpl & Yakima and Artist Adam Haynes

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01

Aston Martin Special Edition

Exclusive MCM x WizPak For Holiday 2018

Exclusive MCM x WizPak

Red Carpet Style - Red Carpet Rocks

Red Carpet Rocks - A Star-Studded Pop Up Event

Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine

Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine - The #1 Hotel In Spain & Portugal

Reebok Aztrek

Reebok launched the Aztrek

Philipp Plein x Playboy

Philipp Plein x Playboy

Ben Sherman Fall/Winter 2018 Pop-Up In Soho NYC.

Athletic Prep By H&M

From H&M Studio

INTERSECT BY LEXUS NYC

NYC Opening Event

Hacker-Craft Always Bespoke

To own a Hacker-Craft is to be admired

Porsche Design Chronograph 70Y Sportwagen

An exceptional limited edition timepiece.

Hiro Clark and Classic Car Club

Classics By Hiro Clark For Classic Car Club

Ninkasi Brewing

Ninkasi Brewing - Eugene, Oregon

Ducati Made Me A Bike Guy

Ducati New York

Frederique Constant and Albert Riele and Patek Philippe

Baselworld Standouts

Spring Summer 2018

This Is H&M's Studio Collection

Blue Jacket Fashion Show

Blue Jacket Fashion Showto benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

A new fragrance for the modern traveler

Bentley Momentum Unlimited

Luxury At Sea - On Board The Paris A.

Charter This Luxurious Yacht - The Paris A

John Varvatos And Nick Jonas Team up

John Varvatos And Nick Jonas - JVxNJ

Style Statement : "Commitment, A Collection by Equinox,"

Commitment, A Collection by Equinox

Casa Noble creates a special Selección del Fundador Volume II

Casa Noble creates a special Selección del Fundador Volume II

Artist By Phuong Dang

Phuong Dang Perfumes

13 Secrets - Southern Charm

13 Secrets - Southern Charm

Vincenzo Betulia

Chef Vincenzo Betulia - A Trio Of Excellence In Naples

Seeing Red

Go Red, Like You Mean It

Steve Aoki x ASICS

Steve Aoki x ASICS

The Gift Of Time

Breitling for Bentley -

Young, Fresh & On Point

Eden Slezin - MFA Fashion Design Academy Of Art.

Mother's Days 2019 - Prada and Gucci

Gucci Bamboo Captivates

Vifa Reykjavik

Vifa Reykjavik - Stylish & Outstanding Portable Sound

Architecturally Influenced accessories by Maria Castelli

Architecturally Influenced Accessories By Maria Castelli

Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt

#DrinkUpDesign - Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt

Shwood + Iron & Resin

A California Collaboration - The Moto Collection by Shwood and Iron & Resin.

CityZen by Gazelle Bikes

Acceleration Guaranteed