Graffiti NYC: Artists of the Third Rail is a group show at Benrimon Contemporary documenting the 40+ years of graffiti in New York City. Featuring murals, paintings, works on paper, photos, sculptures, and even actual NYC subway doors that were covered in graffiti during a live demonstration at the exhibit's opening, the show includes work by Martha Cooper, John Naar, Richard Hambleton, Snake1, Noc167, Jamestop, Stayhigh149, PNUT, Cap1, Tracy168, Futura2000, Dondi, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Phetus, and more.
Starting as a "humble trend of 'tagging' in 1969" (from show's press release), the art form grew throughout the years from simply "Aerosol Art" to include painted murals, wheat pastes, and stickers. In the 1970s, graffiti moved from the streets into museums and galleries, and now many graffiti and street artists have attained iconic, rock star-like status, with collectors substituting groupies vying for their artwork. Along with the specially created subway doors that were auctioned off to benefit The Bowery Mission, the exhibit features photos from the 70's and 80's showing samples of street art that have long been covered up or removed, as well as two murals painted on the gates of the gallery specifically for the exhibit. See bcontemporary.com for more info and see my photos below. Unfortunately, I could not find a checklist at the gallery or online, so I wasn't able to label my pics. Through August 10th.