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Lived/Active: France      Known for: urban graffiti painting, sculpture

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BIOGRAPHY for Lord Anthony Cahn
1977 (Paris, France)

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Lord Anthony Cahn, painter, was born in Paris in 1977.

By the late 80s, he launched himself in the art scene with a can of spray paint, in the streets, the Parisian subway and construction sites, alongside the graffiti and tag artists.

From 1993 Lord Anthony Cahn was trained in design and model-making by sculptor Patrick Tchouhadjian, and exhibited his work in contemporary art for the first time in 1996 with the renowned artist Babou.

After several exhibitions and performances, Lord Anthony Cahn showed his work in 2007 at the famous Musée de l’Homme in Paris.  That exhibition was the first both real and virtual exhibition in the world.  Lord Anthony Cahn also showed his work at the Musée du Louvre, in an artistic performance using witty play on words. The same year, he exhibited his work in a large gallery in Tel Aviv.  In 2009, Lord Anthony Cahn showed his walls at the Galerie Pierre Cardin in Paris. 

The vital inspiration for Lord Anthony Cahn’s works lies in the city, in its images and in its walls.

Lord Anthony Cahn is the man of the city.  A man who belongs to the city and wants to make it his own.  His art work aims at controlling the city’s outside’s chaos.  An art collector keeps his art around him.  Lord Anthony Cahn brings pieces of the city around the viewer, within a confined environment. To do so, he plays with volumes, structures and materials.

He takes up the challenge of giving depth to those flat urban signs (tags, sprayed words, posters). Thanks to his training in sculpture and jewelery, he masters those disciplines to make his point.  Lord Anthony Cahn believes in signs. He is sensitive to the meaning of words, their double, or hidden and unconscious meanings. Therefore, he likes to translate into art anything in the city which grabs his attention: for instance street arts, street posters, commercials, pictures, and random writings on the wall (funny romantic or otherwise). Borrowing them from the city he will give them a new meaning and hidden sense.

Naturally Lord Anthony Cahn uses the walls as one his mains assets.  The city’s walls have been exploited by street artists.  It is time to give back the wall its noble meaning by taking it inside the museums and galleries.  The wall is not only the way to separate men but also the first step to civilization.  It enables men to finally construct their identity outside a wild world.

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