Houston Street and the Bowery
The Keith Haring Foundation, Goldman Properties, and Deitch Projects presented the recreation of Keith Haring’s celebrated Houston and Bowery Street mural. The mural became an instant downtown landmark after Keith painted it in the summer of 1982. The mural was up for only a few months in the summer of 1982 before it was painted out but its image remains imprinted in the memory of many people who were part of the downtown artist community in the early 1980s.
The mural was repainted by Gotham Scenic using the extensive photographic documentation of the original work. The work was unveiled on May 4, 2008, the day that would have been Keith Haring’s 50th Birthday. Keith Haring described the project to his biographer John Gruen as follows:
When I was still living on Broome Street and my studio was in the 611 Broadway building I walked past this wall on the corner of Houston Street and the Bowery almost every day to go to the studio from the apartment. It used to be a handball court so it was a free-standing concrete wall with an accumulation of about three feet of garbage in front being held in place by a small fence. It was pretty disgusting, rat infested, almost a garbage dump and an eyesore in a neighborhood where an eyesore wasn’t a problem. We’re talking about the corner of Houston and the Bowery which was a desolate area to begin with so we decided that we didn’t have to ask permission because the wall was covered with garbage and we thought that if we cleaned up the garbage then no one was going to ask us whether we had permission to paint it. So me and Juan together shovel the garbage into the bags and fill, literally forty or fifty bags full of garbage that are lined up there on the street. We then proceed to use a ladder and paint the wall entirely white with fluorescent Day-Glo enamel on top. I did this mural in two days or something. The first day was spent just putting the color on and then the next day doing the black lines. The fluorescent paint was so bright that when the sun hit the wall it was glowing and it was just this incredible monolith.
– Excerpted from the original transcripts of John Gruen’s interviews with Keith Haring conducted in 1989 for Keith Haring: the Authorized Biography (1991).
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
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76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
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The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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