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Artist Evan Roth’s award-winning work puts the action in interaction

(Owen Franken)

Graffiti Taxonomies

Graffiti Taxonomy: Paris
(© Evan Roth 2009)

While in graduate school, Roth compiled “graffiti taxonomies”—charts that compare the scripts graffiti artists use in their “tags,” or signatures. (For instance, he documented 96 versions of the letter “S.”) Two of those works are now in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. He has also been featured at the Tate Modern in London and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, his current base.

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