Item #6079 Stay High 149 [original art on subway map]. Stay High 149.

Stay High 149 [original art on subway map]

New York: Stay High 149 [Wayne Roberts], 2007. Spray paint and marker on MTA subway map. 20 1/2 x 30 3/4 in., framed to 28 x 37 1/2 in. Near fine. Item #6079

A New York City subway map with original artwork by the late graffiti pioneer Wayne Roberts who painted under the aliases of “Stay High 149” and “Voice of the Ghetto.”

Roberts rose to prominence as one of the first major aerosol artists in New York City. His work was featured in Norman Mailer’s 1974 book The Faith of Graffiti and Richard Goldstein’s 1974 influential early graffiti art feature for New York Magazine.

StayHigh149 had largely retired from creating artwork by the mid-1970’s, and passed away in 2012; thus, original work by the artist is extremely rare.