New York

Dondi White

51X Gallery

Totally unlike Bruce Davidson, with his ethnocratic descent into the subway, and defying as well the myopic delight of current supporters of graffiti as being merely ethnic, Dondi White informs us that graffiti culture is a state of mind. In his affectionate depictions of personages, motifs, moods, styles, and activities of kids who claim the subways, streets, and parks as theirs—the breakers, the graffiti writers, the gangs, the DJs, and the spray masters—we find the ethos of the Beat Boys.

In our society, where the individual is supposed to be the ittiest treasure, there is still no provision for privacy in a dense anarchistic shared environment. Private acts are pushed into a constancy of public appearances resulting in a person’s being branded delinquent. The current generation of Beat Boys are the enfants terribles of public privacies. The historical Beat generation consciously

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