Barry McGee in Downtown Brooklyn

Barry McGee (photo by Luna Park)

Downtown Brooklyn is one mural richer with this piece created by Barry McGee, commissioned by Vanity Fair, sponsored by Cadillac, and painted on a 96′ x 97′ wall on the side of Mark Morris Dance by Colossal.

Barry McGee (photo by Luna Park)
Barry McGee (photo by Luna Park)
Barry McGee (photo by Luna Park)
Barry McGee (photo by Luna Park)
Barry McGee (photo by Luna Park)
Barry McGee (photo by Luna Park)

Houston at Bowery: 5 Years

The last five years have seen enormous changes to the face of New York City. It’s been especially noticeable on the once illegal wall on Houston at the Bowery – now home to commissioned public art works by international stars of the graffiti and street art scene (on an increasingly pricey piece of real estate).

Retna/March 2012 (photo by Luna Park)
Faile/October 2011 (photo by Luna Park)
JR/June 2011 (photo by Luna Park)
Kenny Scharf/December 2010 (photo by Luna Park)
Sace RIP/November 2010 (photo by Luna Park)
Barry McGee/August 2010 (photo by Luna Park)
Shepard Fairey/May 2010 (photo by Luna Park)
Os Gemeos/July 2009 (photo by Luna Park) - Last masterpiece to be painted on the actual wall before it was covered in wooden scaffolding!
Keith Haring recreation/April 2008 (photo by Luna Park)
Omni/September 2007 (photo by Luna Park)

Update: The links below offer further insight into the history of this wall.

On the occasion of Os Gemeos painting the wall, Martha Cooper shares photos of past artists at the wall from her archive (including Keith Haring). [12ozProphet]

Jeremiah Moss makes the argument that the Houston mural wall is part of the larger gentrification process of “turning the Bowery into a luxury lifestyle destination”. [Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York]

Brian Rose examines the wall’s humble origins as a handball court. [Journal/Brian Rose]

Tagging Up Venice

SAF x Ease x Chiste x Twist One et al (photo by Luna Park)
The Italian city of Venice is something of a living museum, with historic buildings and monuments almost everywhere one looks. I had been warned there was next to no graffiti and had set my expectations on that front low. While it was true that I saw no productions or burners – with the exception of a piece that zipped past on an Trenitalia train on its way out of Venezia Santa Lucia train station – I was surprised to see a lot of tags I recognized, some of which had been running for over 10 years. Within minutes of leaving the train station, I picked up a trail of shiny, silver Twist tags that marked the path to San Marco Square.

Twister (photo by Luna Park)
Twister et al on the Rialto Bridge (photo by Luna Park)
Sticker Spot (photo by Luna Park)
SAF x Twist x Unknown Street Artist (photo by Luna Park)
SAF x Twister (photo by Luna Park)
Chiste x MyMo x Twist x Pet (photo by Luna Park)

Winding my way through the city’s narrow alleyways, I scanned all surfaces as usual. A pedestrian city geared heavily towards tourists, the shutters and gates of Venice’s many shops were a popular target. The astute eye will spot KR and Espo tags.

Espo x KR x Cope2 et al (photo by Luna Park)
Crushed Gate (photo by Luna Park)
Mr. Andre x Espo x KR et al (photo by Luna Park)
Faded Espo (photo by Luna Park)

The duo that makes up UR New York was also well represented on the street.

2esae x Ski (photo by Luna Park)
All City Crew (photo by Luna Park)

So much for there not being any graffiti in Venice.