City As Canvas: FEB 4 - AUG 24, 2014
The first time exhibition of works from the expansive street art collection of Martin Wong.
Martin Wong, an East Village artist and collector of graffiti art, amassed a treasure trove of hundreds of works on paper and canvas—in aerosol, ink, and other mediums. The artists, including Keith Haring, Lee Quiñones, LADY PINK, and FUTURA 2000, were seminal figures in an artistic movement that spawned a worldwide phenomenon, altering music, fashion, and popular visual culture. The exhibition City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection includes over 150 works on canvas and other media, along with photographs of graffiti writing long erased from subways and buildings.
Wong, who died of AIDS in 1999, donated his collection to the City Museum in 1994.
Read the press release.
The companion publication for City as Canvas is sponsored by Mrs. Florence Wong Fie and The Martin Wong Foundation.
Education programs in conjunction with the exhibition are made possible by a grant from the
Keith Haring Foundation Inc.
Watch artists Leonard “Futura 2000” McGurr, Sandra “Lady Pink” Fabara, Lee Quiñones, and others speak about City As Canvas—the first exhibition of graffiti art from the Martin Wong Collection.