Graffiti painter Futura worked illegally outdoors in the 1970s—before his gallery shows with the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Recent Futura projects embellished mid-century chairs and Virgil Abloh Off-White Nikes. For “Futura Akari,” displayed through April 25 at The Noguchi Museum in New York, the painter sprayed and drew with markers on mulberry bark paper "Akari Light Sculptures" by Isamu Noguchi.
“They were so fragile and pristine,” Futura marvels. The first batch is now in the museum collection, but he’s ordered more Akari for his studio. Will he paint them? “No,” he laughs. “I’ll live with pure ones.”