Magda Danysz opened her first art space in 1991 when she was 17. After graduating in 1998, she opened her gallery in July of that same year in a brand new space. She curated projects in her gallery with artists from various disciplines, from street art to digital art. She brought Shepard Fairey to the French scene in the early 2000s (who did Barack Obama's official portrait for the presidential campaign), works with icons such as JonOne (since 1992), and exhibits and promotes artists including Seen, Miss Van, Erwin Olaf, JR, Prune Nourry, Vhils and Ultralab. She participates in many art fairs around the world - from Paris, Bologna and Brussels to New York, and even Miami. In June 2009 she was appointed to direct the Bund 18 gallery in Shanghai, China, which then became the Magda Danysz Gallery. She published an extensive anthology of street art. In 2015 she expanded her gallery business in London with her iconic pop-up space called The London Project. Since 2001 Danysz has taught cultural policies and economics at Sciences Po in Paris. She was a founder of the Paris-based contemporary art fair known as ShowOff, which has been held every year at the same time as the Foire internationale d'art contemporain (Fiac) since 2006. Since January 2009 she has been vice president of Fashion Group International of Paris. In 2010, she helped launch the Ai Ling Foundation for the arts in Shanghai, China.
Magda Danysz just unveiled a new monograph spotlighting most-iconic graffiti artist Futura. Entitled Futura 2000 Full Frame, the expansive book chronicles the prolific career of the artist from the 1980s until today. Highlights include behind-the-scenes photos of Futura and his artworks as well as images of collaborations with major brands such as Nike, Levi's, Vans, Hennessy, Medicom Toy, and more. Futura was one of those artists - and they were very, very rare - who had the original style to evolve beyond graffiti, said Charlie Ahearn.--Hypebeast As Futura enters fully into the frame of a contemporary artist, it's important for upcoming artists to remember that his success didn't happen overnight. He also had a family to support, and his numerous jobs included working as a bike messenger on Manhattan's untamed streets. Full Frame reveals the nascent stages of Futura's art and the elements of his birthplace New York city, which inspired it. Futura 2000 is the self-named moniker created by Lenny Gurr, whose career started in the early 80s; his work continues to evolve, evoking the futuristic element of his chosen name. I feel like a lot of what is being revealed about my work hasn't really been seen, Futura says as he describes the nearly 300 page tome, with a vivid yellow cover, Full Frame, published by Drago and organized by Magda Danysz. Among the richly illustrated pages, Danysz presents important benchmarks in Futura's steadily growing career and personal life that bring the evolution closer to the reader. In terms of the visual language in these sketches, diagrams and canvasses, there are a wealth of orbs and symbols that take the viewer on both stellar and interstellar journeys. Evolution appears to be natural for Futura: his work reveals a raw energy that is a firing of synapses that push deep into his imaginary worlds. Futura's influences are an eclectic mix of expressionist and abstract art; punk; the race to the moon; and the urban counterculture movement. His recurring circle motifs are as much about his internal mind and world as they are about the cosmos. A sense of balance in the chaos is always present, the palette choices impeccably on point, sharply sweet and frequently daring. Is this fantasy or diary? If Futura hasn't traveled to most of these places, it's not because he hasn't tried. But we're treating these pages and frames of eye-popping, other-worlds as evidence that he has. I think for the most part people appreciate survivors, he is quoted in the book. Few survivors could be so freely percolating with ideas and graceful in their delivery. - brooklynstreetart.com--Brooklin Street Art