Quinones, Lee (a.k.a. LEE). (b. Ponce, Puerto Rico, 1960; active New York, NY, 2005)

Bibliography and Exhibitions


Long Island City (NY). P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center.
June 24-September 24, 2007.
Solo exhibition of12 recent paintings inspired by classic 1970s funk and break beat records that form the rhythmic foundation of hip hop.


Wild Style [Film].
Feature-length film with legendary New York graffiti artist Lee Quinones in the fictional part of Zoro, the city's hottest and most elusive graffiti writer. Primarily known, however, as *the* classic hip-hop flick, full of break dancing, freestyle MCing and rare footage of Grandmaster Flash. DVD-Video. Sd., col. 82 min.

BROOKLYN (NY). powerHouse Arena.
No Sleep 'til Brooklyn.
October 13-November 19, 2006.
Group exhibition. A 30 year retrospective of hip hop culture -- the Breakers, graffiti writers, emcees, dj’s, photographers, writers, personalities and fans. Included: BLADE, CYCLE, DAZE, Martin Dixon, DR.REVOLT, ©ELLIS G., Delphine Fawundu-Buford, Carol Friedman, William "NIC ONE" Green, JAMES TOP, Seth Kushner, LADY PINK, Maripol, Slava Mogutin, Ricky Powell, QUIK, Lee Quinones, Carlos "MARE 139" Rodriguez, Randy "KEL 1ST" Rodriguez, Thomas Roma, RUEDIONE, Q. Sakamaki, Jamel Shabazz, STAY HIGH 149, Peter Sutherland, TEAM, TOOFLY, Craig Wetherby, Dondi White, David Wong, and David Yellen.

Your House is Mine: An Act of Resistance, 1988-1992.
New York: Bullet Space, 1992.
Newspaper format, b&w illus. Text by Corinne Jennings. Reproduces many of the posters from the city-wide art poster campaign including work by over 67 writers and visual artists. Includes: David Hammons, Nathaniel Hunter, Lee Quinones; text by Corinne Jennings. Unbound newsprint sheets (55.8 x 43.4 cm.). Ed. of 10,000.

Subway Art.
New York: Thames and Hudson, 1984.
104 pp., 239 color photos. Art on the inside and outside of the subway cars. African American artists include: Futura 2000, Lee Quinones, et al. 4to (10.8 x 8.25 cm.), wraps. First ed.

LONG ISLAND CITY (NY). P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center.
The New Portrait.
April 15-June 10, 1984.
Group exhibition. Included: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert H. Colescott, Lee Quinones.

LOS ANGELES (CA). Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).
Art in the Streets.
April 17-September 15, 2011.
320 pp., color illus. Texts by Jeffrey Deitch, Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose. The first large-scale American museum exhibition to survey the international graffiti and street art movements. Includes: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Futura, Lady Pink, Lee Quinones, among many other mostly white artists, focusing on New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, as well as international locations. 4to (11 x 9 in.), cloth.

The Graffiti Subculture: Youth, Masculinity and Identity in London and New York.
New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2001.
An academic approach to urban graffiti art as a culture. Of particular interest is the author's exploration of gender roles and rights of passage within the culture. New York artists FUTURA 2000, LEE Quinones and LADY PINK are quoted. Reprint edition.

Aerosol Kingdom: Subway Painters of New York City.
Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2002.
248 pp., 135 illus. (28 in color). Foreword by Robert Farris Thompson. This book explores the history of New York City subway artists. A unique aspect of this book is the author's examination the effects of African American and Caribbean cultures on the development of aerosol art. Aerosol Kingdom showcases art work and exceptionally revealing interviews from many of the most influential figures from New York City's subway art era. PHASE 2, FUTURA 2000, IZ THE WIZ, LEE Quinones, SHARP, DURO, SPAR, MARE 139, ZEPHYR, FREEDOM , KOOR, JAMES TOP, FUZZ ONE, RAMMELLZEE, DAZE, CRASH, KING CASE, BUTCH 2 TFP, DOZE Green, BLADE, MICO, BAMA and many other artists are featured. 4to (29 x 22 cm.), boards.

NEW YORK (NY). Grey Art Gallery and Falles Library, New York University.
Radical NY! The Downtown Show: the New York art scene, 1974-1984.
Exhib. cat., illus., chronol. by Ian Alteveer. Group exhibition in eight thematic sections divided between the two venues, comprising 337 artists (including 201 visual and performance artists, and writers, plus 36 musicians.) Included: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Papo Colo (photo doc. of performance "Superman 51" 1977), Futura 2000, David Hammons ("Elephant Dung Sculpture" 1978), Ana Mendieta, Adrian Piper ("Dear Friends" Cards, 1986), Lee Quinones (photo of Mural at a Lower East Side basketball court, c. 1981), Rammelzee, K.O.S. [Traveled to: Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX, November 18, 2006-January 7, 2007 with addition of abstract expressionism section.] Also exhibited at Grey Art Gallery, New York University, NY.] 4to, wraps.

NEW YORK (NY). Helenbeck Gallery.
American & European Street Art: Whole in the Wall: 1970-Now in New York.
May 28-June 27, 2009.
Group exhibition. An exploration of the transition of street art from the New York underground subculture to the mainstream art scene. The first generation of street artists in New York during the 70’s and 80’s, Blade, Daze, Rammellzee, Lee Quinones, and others, produced fresh works for the exhibition. Important photographic documentation of the street art movement was also represented in the show, including photos by Jamel Shabazz.

NEW YORK (NY). Kenkeleba House.
Forecast: Images of the Future.
Thru March 24, 1985.
Group exhibition of mixed media installations. Includes: Whitfield Lovell, Lee Quinones, Faith Ringgold, Fred Wilson, et al.

NEW YORK (NY). Museum of the City of New York.
City as Canvas.
February 4-, 2014.
Exhib. cat., illus. Text by Charles Ahearn, et al. Group exhibition of the graffiti collection of Martin Wong. Includes sketches, photographs, notebooks, and early paintings by graffiti writers including Futura 2000, Daze, Dondi, Lady Pink, Lee Quinones, Keith Haring, and many NY street art crews. [Review: Stephanie Strasnick, "Let Us Spray: Up Close and Personal with New York’s Early Graffiti Writers," ARTnews, January 14, 2014.]

NEW YORK (NY). New Museum of Contemporary Art.
East Village USA.
December 9, 2004-March 19, 2005.
160 pp. exhib. cat., 40 pp. b&w illus.; 92 color illus. Texts by Julie Ault, curator Dan Cameron, Liza Kirwin, and Alan W. Moore, among others. Works by more than fifty visual artists, as well as numerous films, videos, listening stations and documentary materials. Covering the stylistic gamut from graffiti and punk expressionism to Neo-Geo and appropriation. Artists included: Jean-Michel Basquiat, DAZE, Futura 2000, Lady Pink (Sandra Fabara), Frank Moore, and Lee Quinones. Wraps.

NEW YORK (NY). New Museum of Contemporary Art.
In Transit.
January 15-April 11, 1993.
Group exhibition - the first in a series of three exhibitions investigating changing borders and boundaries in contemporary culture..Curated by France Morin, Koastas Gounis, and John Jeffries. Included: Mildred Howard, Glenn Ligon, Santu Mofokeng, Lorna Simpson and Lee Quinones.

NEW YORK (NY). Sidney Janis Gallery.
Post Graffiti.
December 1-31, 1983.
Unpag. exhib. cat., 17 b&w illus. Cover design by Crash. Includes Jean-Michel Basquiat, Futura 2000, Daze, Lee Quinones, NOC 167, A One, Bear (Kwame Monroe), Toxic, and other East Village scene artists (such as Keith Haring, Crash, ram-el-zee.) 4to, stapled card wraps. First ed.

Public Access: Ricky Powell Photographs 1985-2005.
New York: powerHouse Books, 2005.
128 pp., color photo illus. Texts by Glenn O'Brien, Charlie Ahearn, Zoe Cassavettes. Powell's subjects include: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Fab 5 Freddy, Dondi. Daze, Lee Quinones and many other graffiti writers and hip-hop performers. 4to (10.5 x 7.25 in.), boards.

Ricard, Rene.
The Pledge of Allegiance.
In: Artforum 21, no. 3 (November 1982):42-49. Mentions: Fred Braithwaite, Futura 2000, Dondi White, Lee Quinones, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Sq. 4to (26.5 x 26.5 cm.), wraps.