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Queen Andrea Believe Print

Signing at GGA office in SoHo

Queen Andrea Believe Print

Signing at GGA office in SoHo

Queen Andrea Believe Print

Signing at GGA office in SoHo

The history of the Houston Bowery Wall

Goldman Properties, owner and curator of the Bowery Wall, continues to bring art and beauty to the public on a grand scale. The wall has become a New York City staple, and one of the highest regarded canvases in the United States.

The public art movement at the corner of Houston and Bowery began when Keith Haring infamously painted an original mural there as a gift to the community in the early 1980s. With ownership of the wall, Goldman Properties and the Goldman family felt a responsibility to bring art and beauty to the public and also give permanence to the movement Haring started. Since 2008, the curation of the Wall looks to include established and emerging street artists from both the United States and around the world who have a powerful message of hope, possibility and inspiration to young and old. 

With each international artist selected, the wall is reborn and the art continues to share a powerful message of possibility and inspiration. Explore the history below!

Keith Haring Tribute | Mar 2008 – Dec 2008

Goldman Properties Founder and avid art enthusiast, Tony Goldman, acquired ownership of the Houston Street wall in 1984. In 2008, Tony Goldman and gallery art dealer Jeffrey Deitch launched a curated program for the wall, featuring street artists from around the world. The project kicked off with a re-creation of Haring’s piece in honor of what would have been his 50th birthday.

Os Gemeos | July 2009 – Mar 2010

Brazilian street art duo, Os Gemeos, were next invited to create an original installation on the iconic wall. Twin brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, began their careers in graffiti in 1987. As their influence spread across the graffiti urban community, they began to help define Brazil’s very own unique style.

Shepard Fairey | April 2010 - Aug 2010

The next artist chosen was Shepard Fairey -- an American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, illustrator and founder of OBEY clothing who emerged from the skateboarding scene. A casing was installed over the wall to protect the previous Os Gemeos mural and the new wall served as a canvas for Shepard's piece. 

Barry McGee | Aug 2010 - Nov 2010

Barry McGee (TWIST), an American artist and leading figure of the bi-costal artistic subculture of skateboarders, street artists, and surfers, was next to grace the Bowery wall. McGee views street art as a direct method of communication for reaching an audience outside of a gallery space or museum. He collaborated with Josh Lazcano (AMAZE) on the Bowery wall to pay homage to legendary graffiti writers from both the past and today. 

Kenny Scharf | Dec 2010 - June 2011

Kenny Scharf, an American painter and iconic street artist, was chosen to close out the wall for 2010. His inimitable graffiti paintings gained him notoriety and fame in the New York downtown art scene of the 1980s, with his work regularly featuring stylized aliens and popular culture icons in tessellated, colorful patterns.

JR | June 2011 - Oct 2011

French photographer and artist JR was next to take a shot at the wall. Street artist JR was just another average teenager with a passion for graffiti however; it was not until he found a camera on the subway that his perception on street art changed. His Bowery Wall piece highlighted the Standing Rock and Pineridge Native Reservations, giving a voice to forgotten and impoverished communities in the Great Plains.

Faile | Oct 2011 - Mar 2012

The pulp/comic style wheat-paste of Brooklyn-based FAILE brought color and excitement to the wall in 2011. The art collective FAILE, formed in 1999, consists of Patrick Miller and Patrick McNeil. Their work was highly influenced by the comic, film and fiction novels; incorporating stencils, painting, mixed media, collage, and wheat-paste.

Retna | Mar 2012 - July 2012

LA-based RETNA next took the wall with his signature calligraphic markings, found here in blue and red. RETNA was introduced to the mural scene at an early age, and has led one of the largest graffiti art collectives in the city since he was in high school. Today, RETNA continues to reinvent his distinct script around the world with intricate line work, complex layering, and a powerful range of color. 

Aiko Nakagawa | July 2012 - Oct 2012

AIKO next made her mark on the wall as the first woman to paint the area solo. Born and raised in Tokyo, her art career in NYC began when she apprenticed for Takashi Murakami in his Brooklyn studio. From there, she moved on to team up with two American artists to establish the group now known as FAILE. After creating work within the collective locally and abroad for a number of years, she moved on and established herself as Lady AIKO in 2006. 

How & Nosm | Oct 2012 - March 2013

After Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc and New York City with blackouts and flooding, How & Nosm took to the Bowery Wall in October to add life and energy to the neighborhood. The identical twin brothers are known for their large scale murals that adorn city wall around the world. The red, black, and white-based imagery is instantly recognizable and commands attention through the impressive size and the intricate detail. 

MARTY | March 9, 2013

A group of famed street artists -- Terror161, Faust, Lady Pink, Free5, How & Nosm, Crash, Daze and Aiko -- collaborated on a one-day-only birthday celebration for photographer Martha Cooper, a street-art legend who documented the New York graffiti scene in the '70s and '80s.

CRASH | Mar 2013 - July 2013

Legendary Bronx-born artist CRASH, John Matos, was next to grace New York with his recognizable style the fuses pop iconography and graffiti. At a young age he began spending time in the train yards, using sides of wagons as canvases - his name appearing on trains circulating all throughout New York City. Today, CRASH has long transitioned from trains to galleries and stands as one of the representatives of the first generation of graffiti artists who launched the movement that has remained very active through today. 

Pose/Revok | July 2013 - Oct 2013

Pose and Revok next collaborated to paint Goldman Properties' iconic Houston Bowery, working mostly at night. Although their individual styles differ, conceptually their work is connected as the artists both draw inspiration directly from their environments. Rose, currently based in Chicago, often featured sampling -- the combining of a variety of disparate elements and re-contextualizing them. Revok, originally from Los Angeles, most often features elements of psychadelic and euphoric states conveyed in meticulous 3-D collages utilizing found materials. 

Swoon | Oct 2013 - Feb 2014

Notable street artist and contributor to the Pop Art movement, Swoon, tackled the wall in Fall of 2013. Utilizing her well known hand-painted images printed on recycled paper, Swoon & her team captured the layers of the city and its urban inhabitants through a wheat paste collage. Working in a wide-ranging practice that includes installation and performance, her work has a recurrent activist motive. 

Maya Hayuk | Feb 2014 - May 2014

Brooklyn-based Maya Hayuk brought her vibrant colorful patterns to the Bowery Wall as a welcomed distraction to passersby from the cold New York City winter. With her symmetrical compositions, intricate patterns, and lush colors, Maya Hayuk's paintins and massibely scaled murals recall views of outer space, traditional Ukranian crafts, airbrushed manicures, and mandalas. 

Cope2 | May 2014 - July 2014

The next artist to take over the wall was graffiti pioneer Cope2. Featuring his visually iconic, explosive style the wall was bursting with his signature throw ups and bubble tags. Highly regarded in the world of graffiti artists, he still paints legally in the streets and collaborates for other artists such as Shepard Fairey, Retna, Kenny Scharf, etc. 

Ron English | April 2015 - Sept 2015

In 2015, Ron English joined the lineage of street artists to paint the Bowery wall. The American pop-artist brought to life one of his signature "Temper Tot's" which is a cheeky play on The Increible Hulk and a wink to his kids Zephyr and Mars. English is best known for coining the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, populated with his vast constantly growing arsenal of original characters. 

Futura | Sept 2015 - July 2016

The next artist invited to paint the wall was Futura. Futura began painting on subway trains in the 1970s and is best known for his abstract approach to street art. His piece titled "Concrete Jungle" features images of metal grinders, along with abstract shapes and swooshes, in black, gray, and white. After completing the mural, Futura stated "my mural is inspired by and in loving memory of Mr. Tony Goldman, a true friend and supporter for many years."

Logan Hicks | July 2016 - Dec 2016

Logan Hicks is a New York-based stencil artist whose work explores the dynamics of the urban environment. When tasked with painting the Bowery wall, Logan brought his photorealistic style, drawing a parallel between the cold, harsh city and a warm, vibrant organism. It is alive; a breathing creature where the ebb and flow of people washing over its sidewalks act as cells circulating through its veins.

PichiAvo | Jan 2017 - June 2017

Up next to grace the Houston-Bowery Wall was the Spanish duo known as PichiAvo. Their work can be recognized in past murals at the Wynwood Walls in Miami, and more recently, in affiliation with Goldman Global Arts, as part of the Hard Rock Stadium’s rejuvenation program... amongst many more! Entitled "Urbanmythology", the mural remained up until the end of May 2017.

David Choe | June 2017 - Aug 2017

Known for his series of murals at Facebook Headquarters, Korean-American artist David Choe was next tapped to paint the Bowery Wall. Choe has garnered immense respect and admiration from critics, institutions, museums, high-profile collections and fans around the world. Praised for his immeasurable talent and the raw honesty and passion in his work across mediums, Choe’s art is accessible to the masses and enjoyed by many. 

Lakwena | Sept 2017 - March 2018

Lakwena, a London-based artist, was chosen in collaboration with Instagram and Goldman Properties to paint a "socially conscious" mural at the Bowery Wall. In Collaboration with Instagram's #KindComments Campaign.  Her kaleidoscopic art work was created in promotion of Instagram's #KindComments campaign to spread kindness around the world through uplifting artistry. 

Banksy | Mar 2018 - June 2018

The wall then shifted from a message of kindness to protest as the world renowned Banksy surprised New York City as the next artist. Banksy chose to create his mural in protest of the imprisonment of Turkish painter and journalist, Zehra Dogan. The tallies in his work represented the number of days Dogan had been incarcerated for her art work, when she created a painting of a Turkish city heavily damaged by state security forces.

Tristan Eaton | June 2018 - Oct 2018

Following Banksy's protest was visual artist Tristan Eaton, who created "Intermission" -- a colorful, collage-like imagery of pop subjects. Eaton's mural was painted with intention to take a break from the protest of so many tragic events around the world and encourage those to pause and "look at the bigger picture" in order to "move forward" together. 

JR | Oct 2018 - Jan 2019

In response to recent shooting sprees around the country, French street artist JR, in collaboration with TIME Magazine, chose to paint his mural in commentary of gun violence. Comprised of portraits photographed by the artist which captured the images of 245 people, "The Gun Chronicles" included words and images from individuals of all ages and all sides of the issue. 

Tats Cru | Jan 2019 - May 2019

TATS CRU is made up of New York City subway graffiti godfather Wilfredo “Bio” Feliciano, Bg183, and Nicer. 

TATS CRU’s I Love New York pays tribute to the original Houston Bowery Wall mural created by artists Keith Haring and Daze in 1982 with an image of the artists in the midst of their project at the bottom left corner. The mural will invokes classic New York through black and white images of the Lower East Side while graffiti hearts burst in the center with full color elements throughout.