Todd James

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Mural painting by Todd James in Charleroi, 2014
Todd James Painting, 2010

Todd James (born 1969) is a contemporary artist from New York City. Self-taught, he started painting the New York City Subway system under the name REAS when he was very young. James designed the Beastie Boys' Brooklyn Dust Elephant logo (1987) and The Source logo and has also done work for Mobb Deep, Red Man, Eminem, Kid Rock. Art from his coloring book/zine Attitude Dancer was used as a cover for Iggy Pop's Beat 'Em Up album. Todd was the puppet designer for Crank Yankers on Comedy Central produced by Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla, and Jackhole Productions. He is also one of the artists who was commissioned to create a version of the Dungeons & Dragons ampersand for the digital magazine Dragon+.

He created, with Barry McGee and Steve Powers, Street Market at New York City's Deitch Projects. This exhibition was selected for the 2001 Venice Biennale. In 2004, he also participated in the group exhibition Beautiful Losers which traveled to several museums in the United States. The Street Market installation was rebuilt and expanded for the L.A. MOCA Art in the Streets in 2011.

His works have been shown at numerous museums and galleries worldwide, like the Tate Liverpool, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Philadelphia.

His distinctive cartoon-style paintings are very ironic. Todd's paintings reflected a variety of influences, including the pop culture and American expressionist painters such as Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline.

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2010

2009

  • Disaster, Monster Children, Camperdown, Australia
  • Double Disaster, Don't Come Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
  • Don't Stop Get it Get it, Colette, Paris, France

2008

2007

Selected group exhibitions[edit]

2016

2015

2014

  • Ok, I’ll Rename It, Bill Brady, Kansas City, MO
  • Art Truancy: Celebrating 20 Years of Juxtapoz Magazine, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY
  • It's an Invasion, Gramercy Park, New York, NY
  • Adam Green and Friends, The Hole, New York, NY

2013

  • Meet Your Maker, Bleecker Street Arts Club, New York, NY
  • Chicken or Beef?, The Hole, New York, NY

2012

  • Portrait of a Generation, The Hole, New York, NY
  • Vale Train Painting Project with Os Gemeos, Brazil
  • V1X: Tonight we wont be bored, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Supergrass, Bloom Projects, New York, NY

2011

2010

2009

  • Draw, Fuse Gallery, New York, NY
  • The Paper Chasers, O.H.W.O.W, Miami, FL, traveling to Plaything Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
  • The New Yorkers, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2008

  • The Outsiders, Lazarides Gallery, New York, NY
  • Destruction of Atlantis, Union Gallery, London, UK

2007

2006

  • Stussy, Todd James & KAWS, Venice Beach, CA (October) traveling to Venice, Italy; Tokyo, Japan (December)
  • High Math, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2005

2004

2002

2001

  • Tits and Ass, Huston Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • Pot o'Gold 2, PAM Gallery Australia, Perks, Australia

2000

1999

1998

  • Daze/Crash with guest Reas, Recent Works, Palazzo Enrico Coveri Florence, Florence, Italy
  • Adventures of the Four Letter Word, with Steve Powers

Art Fairs[edit]

Entertainment and Television[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • James, Todd (2016), We are One, Published by Testify Books
  • The Bridges of Graffiti (2015), Catalogue from The Bridges of Graffiti exhibition at Venice Biennale
  • James, Todd (2014), Beyond the Gates, Published by Testify Books
  • James, Todd (2012), Todd James: Yield to Temptation, Published by PictureBox
  • Deitch, Jeffrey & Rose, Aaron (2011), Art in The Streets, Published by Skira Rizzoli
  • Nguyen, Patrick & Mackenzie, Stuart (2010), Beyond the Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art, Published by Gestalten
  • Mariduena, Alain & Frank, Cousin (2010), Rockin' it Suckers: New York City's Most Wanted Graffiti Vandals, Published by Dokument Press
  • James, Todd (2008), Todd James: Blood & Treasure, Published by Lazarides Gallery
  • Clark Magazine #33 (2008), Reas aka Todd James
  • Villorente, David “Chino” & James, Todd (2007), Mascots & Mugs: The Characters and Cartoons of Subway Graffiti, Published by Testify Books
  • REAS (2007), Attitude Dancer # 2
  • Rose, Aaron (2005), Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture, Published by Trilce
  • James, Todd (2002), Todd James, Published by Testify Books
  • Kawachi, Taka (2000), Street Market: Barry McGee, Stephen Powers, Todd James, Published by Little More
  • REAS (2000), Attitude Dancer # 1
  • Toth, Jennifer (1995), The Mole People: Life in the Tunnels Beneath New York City, Published by Chicago Review Press
  • Dwyer, Jim (1991), Subway Lives: 24 Hours in the Life of the New York City Subway, Published by Crown
  • Chalfant, Henry (1987), Spraycan Art, Published by Thames & Hudson

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