5 Pointz Gone

5 Pointz courtyard

5 Pointz courtyard

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Diogenes seeking an honest man

Diogenes seeking an honest man

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Last night, under cover of darkness, the owner of the warehouse that served as New York City’s unofficial museum of graffiti for years brought in a team of painters who covered all of the art with whitewash. The artists awoke to find their work gone. For an interesting and provocative article about the significance of 5 Pointz, see the link to The Gothamist below.

As for me, I found it discomfiting that the self-appointed curator of 5 Pointz gave tours for $35 a head to the foreign tourists who flocked to Queens. At 10-20 tourists per group, you do the math. Graffiti, street art, street murals, whatever you want to call it, was commodified a long time ago and the location of 5 Pointz across the street from MOMA PS1 seems like more than a mere coincidence.

The photos in this blog post are a selection of paintings that I saw on two visits in June and November.

http://gothamist.com/2013/11/19/5pointz_is_gone_and_thats_not_a_bad.php

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/nyregion/5pointz-a-graffiti-mecca-in-queens-is-wiped-clean-overnight.html?hpw&rref=nyregion&_r=0

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One Response to 5 Pointz Gone

  1. How wonderful to have these memories!

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