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Gentrified Graffiti

The Museum of the City of New York has opened an exhibit: “City as Canvas”. It mostly displays  the work and collections of the late graffiti/turned legit artist, Martin Wong who donated the material to the museum.

The works are on canvass or board and are fine examples of the cartoonist’s art–one or two abstracts are interesting. But I cannot help thinking that the exhibit is an apologia for the graffitiists. Some of them had talent and, as this exhibit shows, could have developed it to the benefit of all of us, but 99% were uncontrolled hooligans bent on destruction and exploiting gang behavior to threaten  the rest of us. There is an image of a graffiti-covered subway train, but little is said of the slashed seats or windows scratched to opacity with trash slogans or the obscured signs which the rest of us had to endure! It was an ugly scene in New York!

Here are some pictures–click on them for maximum detail:

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Seems incongruous in a graffiti exhibit--but interesting treatment?

Seems incongruous in a graffiti exhibit–but interesting treatment?

This is what WE felt like!

This is what WE felt like!

Never saw anything like this on the subway trains

Never saw anything like this on the subway trains

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Curator's graffiti?

Curator’s graffiti?

Final image

Final image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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