About the Artist:
FUTURA2000 (Leonard Hilton McGurr, b. 1955, New York, NY) is an abstract painter whose practice first developed in New York during the 1970s. One of the earliest graffiti artists to introduce abstraction into his work, FUTURA2000 was also among the first of such practitioners to be shown in contemporary art galleries in the early 1980s.
FUTURA2000’s early exhibitions include presentations at Patti Astor’s Fun Gallery and Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York City. His work was also featured in the historic 1980 Times Square show alongside that of Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Rammellzee, and Kenny Scharf. MoMA PS1 brought these artists together again in its landmark 1981 exhibition, New York / New Wave. FUTURA2000 collaborated with the punk band The Clash during this time as well, designing their album art and painting on large-scale canvases behind the band during its concert performances. In recent years, he created collaborative works with Takashi Murakami and exhibited at Kaikai KiKi Gallery in Tokyo. He worked with the late designer Virgil Abloh on collections for Off-White and Louis Vuitton as well as stage visuals at Coachella.
FUTURA2000’s work has been shown at the New Museum, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands; Yvon Lambert, Paris, France; and Galerie du jour agnès b., Paris, France, among others. In 2020–21, the Noguchi Museum, Queens, NY presented Futura Akari: an installation of Akari light sculptures customized by FUTURA2000. Also in 2020–21, FUTURA2000 mounted a site-specific installation at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; and he was included in the exhibition Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip Hop Generation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He was honored in 2022 by Free Arts, New York for his accomplishments in the arts and his mentorship of youths in underserved communities.