Graffiti Historian and Collector Roger Gastman Picks His Favorite Artworks From artnet’s ‘Urban Art Sale’

Gastman has selected from a broad array of works up for auction.

Roger Gastman, curator of
Roger Gastman, curator of "Beyond the Streets." Image courtesy of Krink Studio.

Roger Gastman knows urban art inside and out. As a curator, graffiti historian, urban anthropologist, and collector, he “has made a career of being the cultural connector between street artists and the art world,” as Forbes once put it. “Beyond the Streets,” opening in New York next week, is Gastman’s dynamic follow-up to “Art in the Streets,” the graffiti and street art retrospective that broke MoCA Los Angeles’s attendance record with 220,000 visitors.

With credentials like that, we knew he’d appreciate our current artnet Auctions sale, Urban Art. Live for bidding now through June 25, the online auction features popular prints and bold original works by KAWS, Richard Hambleton, Invader, RETNA, Dondi White, and more.

Below, Gastman explains what works especially caught his eye and why.



Dondi White

Dondi White, Untitled (circa 1981). Courtesy of artnet Auctions.

“This is by far one of the best DONDI drawings I have seen that has come up for sale. It captures everything that makes DONDI fantastic! The large ‘D,’ the full DONDI piece—not just a letter study—and almost as an added bonus, the trains that made him famous.”


Shadow Head

Richard Hambleton

Richard Hambleton, Shadow Head (2015). Courtesy of artnet Auctions.

“I am sorry to say I never met Richard Hambleton. His work was so simple and innovative. A true street art pioneer. I can only imagine what being in New York City in the early 80s was like, and walking around the corner and seeing one of his shadow figures popping out at you. One of my favorites.”


Tableau – Only God Can Judge Me In Dollars

Scott Campbell

Scott Campbell, Tableau – Only God Can Judge Me In Dollars (2010). Courtesy of artnet Auctions.

“Scott Campbell is 100 percent a rule breaker and mark-maker. Conquering the tattoo world was not enough for him. Reinventing himself also as a fine artist has been fun to watch. Engraved $1 bills that say “Only God Can Judge Me”—how could you go wrong? This belongs in a law firm.”




Futura, Rambo (2017). Courtesy of artnet Auctions.

“I don’t think Futura can do anything wrong. He is hands down one of the most celebrated living artists. His work has inspired generations of creative thinkers, all while Futura has managed to stay several steps ahead of the game.”




TKid, Untitled (1998). Courtesy of artnet Auctions.

“Anyone that knows their graffiti history knows how important a figure TKid is. His mastery of the alphabet on the sides of New York City trains is stuff that inspired countless graffiti writers. There is no talking New York City subway history without TKid.”

Find these and other works in Urban Art, currently live for bidding exclusively on artnet Auctions.

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