The Bushwick Collective was founded in 2012 by Joseph Ficalora – a neighborhood personality and business owner – to beautify an industrial district with vibrant graffiti art. Joe is inspired by his deceased father and mother, and the art is dedicated to them. The Bushwick Collective brings together street artists from around the world, legendary NYC graffiti artists, and local Bushwick talent. The art is all temporary – on average a mural will last approx. 12 months before being replaced. Artists are not paid – these are “permission” murals (as opposed to “commission”). The Bushwick Collective is a work in progress, and it grows continuously. New murals are painted all year round (approx. every few weeks), and more new walls are added to make the exhibition larger.
The Graffiti Hall of Fame
Originally creating his semi-unauthorized gallery in 1980, Sting Ray and his supporters meant it to be a place where graf artists could come and practice their skills with a spray paint can during a time when the art itself was moving away from simply scrawled tags to bright, expressive murals. Each of the school yard’s four walls both in the grounds and out were fair game.
The High Line
High Line Art was founded in 2009. The program debuted with the opening of the first section of the High Line park, with The River That Flows Both Ways, an installation by Spencer Finch and presented in partnership with Creative Time. High Line Art was curated by Lauren Ross between June 2009 and June 2011.
Bowery Graffiti Wall
The Bowery Mural is an outdoor exhibition space located on the corner of Houston Street and the Bowery, on a wall owned by Goldman Properties since 1984. Real estate developer Tony Goldman began the project with Jeffery Deitch and Deitch Projects in 2008. Goldman’s goal was to use this wall to present the top contemporary artists from around the world, with an emphasis on artists who work on the streets. Seasonal murals have appeared on the wall curated and organized in collaboration with The Hole, NYC, an art gallery in SoHo run by former Deitch Projects directors Kathy Grayson and Meghan Coleman.
The 200 foot long mural along a warehouse on Drake Street has become a graffiti mecca, run by TATS Cru. According to The New York Times, the owner of the building asked the street art crew to “recruit good artists to keep the bad artists (or just scribbling vandals) at bay.”
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