Passion by Zephyr


  • medium Montage of 5 joined photographs
  • edition 5/25
  • size 40.00w x 8.00h in
  • created 1980

COA: This work comes with a certificate of Authenticity from West Chelsea ContemporaryExhibition History:Henry Chalfant: Art vs. Transit, 1977-1987, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, September 25, 2019-March 8, 2020, pp. 86-87, another example from the edition exhibited, illustrated and reproduced on fabric for a subway car replica.
Additional Information: Widely recognized as one of the most significant documentarians of street art, Henry Chalfant has produced numerous photographs of the work of artists now recognized as graffiti pioneers. He has documented works by Blaze, Crash, DAZE, Dez, and the Fab 5, among others, as well as Zephyr, as seen in this piece Passion by Zephyr, executed in 1980. In this work, Chalfant captures a subway car with the word “PASSION” next to a caricature of the skull of Uncle Sam, Zephyr had painted along with the dialogue “Love stinks.” Zephyr’s sequence of forms, progressing like a gust of wind blown by the Greek god to which his name alludes, perhaps suggests mixed emotions of a time when New York was ripe with both fragility and animation.