Keith Haring Tribute
March 2008 – December 2008
Goldman Properties Founder and avid art enthusiast Tony Goldman acquired ownership of the Houston Street wall in 1984. In 2008, Tony Goldman and gallery art dealer Jeffrey Deitch launched a curated program for the wall, featuring street artists from around the world. The project kicked off with a re-creation of Haring’s piece in honor of what would have been his 50th birthday.
July 2009 – March 2010
Brazilian street art duo, Os Gemeos, were next invited to create an original installation on the iconic wall. Twin brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, began their careers in graffiti in 1987. As their influence spread across the graffiti urban community, they began to help define Brazil’s very own unique style.
April 2010 – August 2010
The next artist chosen was Shepard Fairey - an American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, illustrator and founder of OBEY Clothing who emerged from the skateboarding scene. A casing was installed over the wall to protect the previous Os Gemeos mural and the new wall served as a canvas for Shepard's piece.
August 2010 – November 2010
Barry McGee (TWIST), an American artist and leading figure of the bi-coastal artistic subculture of skateboarders, street artists, and surfers, was next to grace the Bowery wall. McGee views street art as a direct method of communication for reaching an audience outside of a gallery space or museum. He collaborated with Josh Lazcano (AMAZE) on the Bowery wall to pay homage to legendary graffiti writers from both the past and today.
Kenny Scharf December 2010 – June 2011
Kenny Scharf, an American painter and iconic street artist, was chosen to close out the wall for 2010. His inimitable graffiti paintings gained him notoriety and fame in the New York downtown art scene of the 1980s, with his work regularly featuring stylized aliens and popular culture icons in tessellated, colorful patterns.
June 2011 – October 2011
French Photographer and Artist JR was next to take a shot at the Wall. Street Artist JR was just another average teenager with a passion for graffiti however; it was not until he found a camera on the subway that his perception on street art change. His Bowery Wall piece highlighted the Standing Rock and Pineridge Native Reservations, giving voice to forgotten and impoverished communities in the Great Plains.
October 2011 – March 2012
The pulp/comic style wheat-paste of Brooklyn-based FAILE brought color and excitement to the wall in 2011. The art collective FAILE, formed in 1999, consists of Patrick Miller and Patrick McNeil. Their work was highly influenced by the comic, film and fiction novels; incorporating stencils, painting, mixed media, collage and wheatpaste.
March 2012 – July 2012
LA-based RETNA next took on the wall with his signature calligraphic markings, found here in blue and red. RETNA was introduced to the mural scene at an early age, and has led one of the largest graffiti art collectives in the city since he was in high school. Today, RETNA continues to reinvent his distinct script around with world with intricate line work, complex layering, and a powerful range of color.
July 2012 – October 2012
AIKO next made her mark on the wall as the first woman to paint the area solo. Born and raised in Tokyo, her art career in NYC began when she apprenticed for Takashi Murakami in his Brooklyn studio. From there, she moved on to team up with two American artists to establish the group now known as FAILE. After creating work within the collective locally and abroad for a number of years, she moved on and established herself as Lady AIKO in 2006.
November 2012 – March 2013
After Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on New York City with blackouts and flooding, How & Nosm took to the Bowery Wall in October to add life and energy to the neighborhood. The identical twin brothers are known for their large scale murals that adorn city walls around the world. The red, black, and white-based imagery is instantly recognizable and commands attention through the impressive size and the intricate detail.
March 9th 2013
A group of famed street artists—Terror161, Faust, Lady Pink, Free5, How & Nosm, Crash, Daze and Aiko—collaborated on a one-day-only birthday celebration for photographer Martha Cooper, a street-art legend who documented the New York graffiti scene of the ’70s and ’80s.
March 2013 – July 2013
Legendary Bronx-born artist CRASH, John Matos, was next to grace New York with his recognizable style that fuses pop iconography and graffiti. At a young age he began spending time in the train yards, using sides of wagons as canvases - his name appearing on trains circulating all throughout New York City. Today, CRASH has long transitioned from trains to galleries and stands as one of the representatives of the first generation of graffiti artists who launched the movement that has remained very active through today.
July 2013 – October 2013
Pose and Revok next collaborated to paint Goldman Properties iconic Houston Bowery, working mostly at night. Although their individual styles differ, conceptually their work is connected as the artists both draw inspiration directly from their environments. Pose, currently based in Chicago, often features sampling – the combining of a variety of disparate elements and re-contextualizing them. Revok, originally from Los Angeles, most often features elements of psychedelic and euphoric states conveyed in meticulous 3-D collages utilizing found materials.
October 2013 – February 2014
Notable street artist and contributor to the Pop Art movement, Swoon, tackled the wall in Fall of 2013. Utilizing her well known hand-painted images printed on recycled paper, Swoon & her team captured the layers of the city and its urban inhabitants through a wheat paste collage. Working in a wide-ranging practice that includes installation and performance, her work has a recurrent activist motive.
February 2013 – May 2014
Brooklyn-based Maya Hayuk brought her vibrant colorful patterns to the Bowery Wall as a welcomed distraction to passerbys from the cold New York City winter. With her symmetrical compositions, intricate patterns, and lush colors, Maya Hayuk’s paintings and massively scaled murals recall views of outer space, traditional Ukrainian crafts, airbrushed manicures, and mandalas.
May 2014 – July 2014
The next artist to take over the wall was graffiti pioneer Cope2. Featuring his visually iconic, explosive style the wall was bursting with his signature throw ups and bubble tags. Highly regarded in the world of graffiti artists, he still paints legally in the streets and collaborates with other artists such as Shepard Fairey, Retna, Kenny Scharf, etc.
April 2015-September 2015
In 2015 Ron English joined the lineage of street artists to paint the Bowery wall. The American pop-artist brought to life one of his signature "Temper Tot’s" which is a cheeky play on The Incredible Hulk and a wink to his kids Zephyr and Mars. English is best known for coining the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, populated with his vast and constantly growing arsenal of original characters
September 2015 – July 2016
The next artist invited to paint the wall was Futura who started painting on subway trains in the 1970s and is best known for his Abstract approach to street art. His piece titled "Concrete Jungle" features images of metal girders, along with abstract shapes and swooshes, in black, gray and white. After completing the mural, Futura stated "my mural is inspired by and in loving memory of Mr. Tony Goldman, a true friend and supporter for many years.""
July 2016 – January 2017
Logan Hicks is a New York-based stencil artist whose work explores the dynamics of the urban environment. When tasked with painting the Bowery wall, Logan brought his photorealistic style, drawing a parallel between the cold, harsh city and a warm, vibrant organism. It is alive; a breathing creature where the ebb and flow of people washing over its sidewalks act as cells circulating through its veins.
Feb 2017 – June 2017
The last team to grace the Houston-Bowery Wall was the Spanish duo known as PichiAvo. Their work can be recognized in Wynwood Walls in Miami, and more recently, in affiliation with Goldman Global Arts, as part of the Hard Rock Stadium’s rejuvenation program..amongst many more!