Beyond the Streets


New York City

CRASH (born John Matos in 1961) was raised in the Bronx, New York. He made a name for himself in the 1970s by painting trains throughout New York City. By 1980, he gained critical attention for curating Graffiti Art Success for America at Fashion MODA in 1980, now considered a historic exhibition. In 1984, CRASH collaborated with Keith Haring on a set of murals at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, and his work has since been preserved in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Boca Raton Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, among others. The artist’s latest paintings retain the Pop sensibility he has maintained since his first bubble letters.