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Mural Wall on Houston

In 1982, the large slab of concrete wall on Houston was put into the history books by Keith Haring, when he painted  a 30 foot mural on it, choosing the spot as it links Soho to the Lower East Side. From 1984 until 2008, the wall, which was owned by the late Tony Goldman, was used for advertising, until gallerist Jeffrey Deitch approached Goldman to use the wall for large scale temporary murals.

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The wall has since become a permanent, rotating art installation, featuring works such as Os Gemeos (my fave mural to date), Kenny Scharf, Shepard Fairey and other contemporary “street” artists. Goldman and Deitch continued the partnership and brought the same idea to Miami’s Wynwood walls, a project that literally helped change a shitty area into a destination. Although Goldman has recently passed, the wall continues to be “curated” by Deitch.

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I had thought the newest mural by How & Nosm was actually a piece by Doze Green. The black, red and white piece pays tribute to Goldman, and is also supposed to touch on Hurricane Sandy.

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Street art has been out of the “cutting edge” realm for a few years now- this giant legal wall is just one example of this being true. I hope that the wall is opened up to artists outside of the “street art/urban art” genre, exposing New Yorkers and tourists to more than just one trendy art movement.

What: Houston Legal Wall (street art)

Where: Houston and Bowery

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