Last night, under cover of darkness, the owner of the warehouse that served as New York City’s unofficial museum of graffiti for years brought in a team of painters who covered all of the art with whitewash. The artists awoke to find their work gone. For an interesting and provocative article about the significance of 5 Pointz, see the link to The Gothamist below.
As for me, I found it discomfiting that the self-appointed curator of 5 Pointz gave tours for $35 a head to the foreign tourists who flocked to Queens. At 10-20 tourists per group, you do the math. Graffiti, street art, street murals, whatever you want to call it, was commodified a long time ago and the location of 5 Pointz across the street from MOMA PS1 seems like more than a mere coincidence.
The photos in this blog post are a selection of paintings that I saw on two visits in June and November.
How wonderful to have these memories!