City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York

Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection

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 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Howard the Duck by Lee Quiñones, 1988, oil on canvas, 58 x 88”. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Howard the Duck by Lee Quiñones, 1988, oil on canvas, 58 x 88”. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Untitled by Futura 2000, 1982, acrylic on wood, 48 x 96”. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Untitled by Futura 2000, 1982, acrylic on wood, 48 x 96”. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Various Artists, Wicked Gary’s Tag Collection, 1970-72, ink on cardboard, framed, 49 ½ x 70”. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York. This large work showcases ink-drawn “tags,” or signatures used by more than 64 graffiti artists. The work functions as a who’s who of New York graffiti writers, and includes tags by the movement’s pioneers such as PHASE II, COCO 144, and SNAKE I (Eddie Rodriguez).
Various Artists, Wicked Gary’s Tag Collection, 1970-72, ink on cardboard, framed, 49 ½ x 70”. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York. This large work showcases ink-drawn “tags,” or signatures used by more than 64 graffiti artists. The work functions as a who’s who of New York graffiti writers, and includes tags by the movement’s pioneers such as PHASE II, COCO 144, and SNAKE I (Eddie Rodriguez).


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Untitled by Futura 2000, 1985, acrylic on canvas, 27 x 20”. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Untitled by Futura 2000, 1985, acrylic on canvas, 27 x 20”. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Hotel Amazon by Daze, 1988, acrylic on canvas, 51 x 68”. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Hotel Amazon by Daze, 1988, acrylic on canvas, 51 x 68”. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Untitled by A-One, 1984, acrylic and ink on paper mounted on wood, 42 x 42”. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Untitled by A-One, 1984, acrylic and ink on paper mounted on wood, 42 x 42”. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Untitled by Cey Adams, 1983, acrylic and ink on canvas, 18 x 14”. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Untitled by Cey Adams, 1983, acrylic and ink on canvas, 18 x 14”. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Untitled by Zephyr, 1984, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 40”. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Untitled by Zephyr, 1984, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 40”. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for The Death of Graffiti by LADY PINK, 1982, acrylic on masonite, 19 x 22”. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
The Death of Graffiti by LADY PINK, 1982, acrylic on masonite, 19 x 22”. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Untitled by Keith Haring, 1982, acrylic and ink on wood, 18 x 24”. © Keith Haring Foundation.
Untitled by Keith Haring, 1982, acrylic and ink on wood, 18 x 24”. © Keith Haring Foundation.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Untitled by Sharp, 1990, mixed media, 16 x 18”. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Untitled by Sharp, 1990, mixed media, 16 x 18”. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Untitled by Sane Smith, 1989, ink on paper, 8 x 11”. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Untitled by Sane Smith, 1989, ink on paper, 8 x 11”. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Black Book sketch by Blade, 1975. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Black Book sketch by Blade, 1975. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Untitled by Dondi, 1983. Painting. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Untitled by Dondi, 1983. Painting. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Black Book sketch by Sharp, 1983. Courtesy the Museum of the City of New York.
Black Book sketch by Sharp, 1983. Courtesy the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Black Book sketch by Lee Quiñones, 1983. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Black Book sketch by Lee Quiñones, 1983. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Black Book sketch by Tracy 168, 1987. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Black Book sketch by Tracy 168, 1987. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Sharp Paints a Picture by Martin Wong, 1997-98. Courtesy of the Estate of Martin Wong and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York.
Sharp Paints a Picture by Martin Wong, 1997-98. Courtesy of the Estate of Martin Wong and P.P.O.W Gallery, New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Howard the Duck Handball Court photograph by Charlie Ahearn. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Howard the Duck Handball Court photograph by Charlie Ahearn. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Lion's Den Handball Court photograph by Charlie Ahearn. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Lion's Den Handball Court photograph by Charlie Ahearn. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Martin Wong by Peter Bellamy, 1985, courtesy of Museum of the City of New York.
Martin Wong by Peter Bellamy, 1985, courtesy of Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Graffiti Kids, photograph by Jon Naar, 1973. © Jon Naar Graffiti Kids, photograph by Jon Naar, 1973. © Jon Naar
Graffiti Kids, photograph by Jon Naar, 1973. © Jon Naar Graffiti Kids, photograph by Jon Naar, 1973. © Jon Naar


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Redbird (Stay High 149) photograph by Jon Naar, 1973. © Jon Naar
Redbird (Stay High 149) photograph by Jon Naar, 1973. © Jon Naar


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Large photograph of a subway car covered in graffiti taken by Henry Chalfant. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Large photograph of a subway car covered in graffiti taken by Henry Chalfant. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for An arrangements of photographs taken by Martha Cooper. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
An arrangements of photographs taken by Martha Cooper. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Aerosol spray can wall display in the City as Canvas exhibition. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Aerosol spray can wall display in the City as Canvas exhibition. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Spray paint on plywood artworks (top) by Futura 2000 and (bottom) by Zephyr. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Spray paint on plywood artworks (top) by Futura 2000 and (bottom) by Zephyr. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Display of Martin Wong's bio and a canvas he painted titled "Sharp Paints a Picture". Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Display of Martin Wong's bio and a canvas he painted titled "Sharp Paints a Picture". Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Display of Martin Wong's work including sketches, and canvases he painted. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Display of Martin Wong's work including sketches, and canvases he painted. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Life-size photograph of graffiti artist Dondi taken by Martha Cooper. Photographs of subways covered in graffiti taken by Henry Chalfant displayed along the walls. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Life-size photograph of graffiti artist Dondi taken by Martha Cooper. Photographs of subways covered in graffiti taken by Henry Chalfant displayed along the walls. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Display of Martin Wong's work. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Display of Martin Wong's work. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Canvas spray painted by graffiti artist Daze at the Museum of the City of New York in the fall of 2013. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Canvas spray painted by graffiti artist Daze at the Museum of the City of New York in the fall of 2013. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Three acrylic paint on canvas works by graffiti artist Daze. From left to right:Transition, Untitled, and Hotel Amazon. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Three acrylic paint on canvas works by graffiti artist Daze. From left to right:Transition, Untitled, and Hotel Amazon. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Three acrylic paint on canvas works by graffiti artist Daze. From left to right:Transition, Untitled, and Hotel Amazon. And a canvas titled We Love Ya, Rene by graffiti artist Kenny Sharf (far left). Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Three acrylic paint on canvas works by graffiti artist Daze. From left to right:Transition, Untitled, and Hotel Amazon. And a canvas titled We Love Ya, Rene by graffiti artist Kenny Sharf (far left). Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Display of graffiti artist Keith Haring 's work, as well as the work of Haring's collaborator LA II. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Display of graffiti artist Keith Haring 's work, as well as the work of Haring's collaborator LA II. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Painting by graffiti artist Lady Pink titled "Manic Depression". Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Painting by graffiti artist Lady Pink titled "Manic Depression". Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Display of work by graffiti artist Lee Quinones including  a canvas titled Howard the Duck, a sketch titled the Lion's Den Study #2, and a photograph of Lion's Den Handball Court mural photographed by Charlie Ahearn. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Display of work by graffiti artist Lee Quinones including a canvas titled Howard the Duck, a sketch titled the Lion's Den Study #2, and a photograph of Lion's Den Handball Court mural photographed by Charlie Ahearn. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for A photograph of Lady Pink and a canvas by Lady Pink titled Death of Graffiti. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
A photograph of Lady Pink and a canvas by Lady Pink titled Death of Graffiti. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Top: Acrylic paint on canvas by graffiti artist Zephyr. Left to right: Drawings by graffiti artists Sane Smith and Dondi. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Top: Acrylic paint on canvas by graffiti artist Zephyr. Left to right: Drawings by graffiti artists Sane Smith and Dondi. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.


 in Pictures for City as Canvas at The Museum of the City of New York. Image for Marker and arcylic paint on canvas by graffiti artist Stash 2 titled Diamond Style. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.
Marker and arcylic paint on canvas by graffiti artist Stash 2 titled Diamond Style. Image by Liz Ligon. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.