I was pissed when New York City tried to put a lockdown on the sale of markers to anyone under 21. WTF?! When I was an art student, I can honestly say that it was pure hell trying to get supplies for class. What do you tell your professor when you can’t spray paint your prototype for presentations? There should be a provision that allows for students to get what they need without being hassled by the clerks at Pearl. That said, this weekend I am going to make it my duty to see:
“An exhibition of twenty large-scale graffiti paintings from such influential artists as Michael Tracy (“Tracy 168”), Melvin Samuels, Jr. (“NOC 167”), Sandra Fabara (“Lady Pink”), Chris Ellis (“Daze”), and John Matos (“Crash”), Graffiti explores how a genre that began as a form of subversive public communication has become legitimate—moving away from the street and into private collections and galleries.”
At the Brooklyn Museum through Sept. 3rd.
200 Eastern Parkway at Washington Ave. Take the 2 or 3 to Brooklyn Museum stop.
Visit the Brooklyn Museum Website
Yes, yes, I know graffiti is illegal,and that’s why the pols are putting in all these rules in the first place. But you can’t deny that graffiti has played an interesting part in the artistic and political history of New York. (If you get a chance, read Malcolm Gladwells theory on the influence of graffiti on city crime in his New York Times bestseller “The Tipping Point”.