Jack Stewart

"A couple of weeks ago, I went to a book party at Alphabeta, in Greenpoint, a store and gallery dedicated to the arts and crafts of graffiti. The store has a rack that holds eight hundred cans of spray paint; the gallery occupies several thousand square feet, including an enclosed outside space that is a bit too urban to be called a courtyard. The book being celebrated was “Graffiti Kings: New York City Mass Transit Art of the 1970s,�? a reorganization of a dissertation by the late Jack Stewart, a New York artist who photographed the beginnings of New York graffiti and eventually befriended many of the writers. Stewart’s widow, Regina, writes in the book’s introduction: “When he became vice president and provost of the Rhode Island School of Design in 1975, it was ‘suggested’ that he acquire a PhD.�? (In December, the version that Jack submitted to N.Y.U. for approval, with color photographs hand-pasted into the pages, showed up on eBay. It has since been returned to N.Y.U.)" (Sasha Frere-Jones/The New Yorker)