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City as Canvas: an Exhibition at City Museum

By Heeseung Kim | February 4, 2014

(Photo by Lee Quiñones, from the Museum of the City of New York)
(Photo by Lee Quiñones, from the Museum of the City of New York)

(Photo by Lee Quiñones, from the Museum of the City of New York)

Graffiti took hold in New York in the early 1970s, starting in Washington Heights and the Bronx before spreading throughout the city. Artist Martin Wong moved to New York in 1978, and he saw the seeds of a major art movement popping up on the streets around him. In the 1970s and 1980s, Wong collected about 300 pieces from graffiti artists around New York, and now about half of the collection is on display at the City Museum in an exhibition called City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection. Read More

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