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A street art mural is unveiled after being hidden from view for five years

Howard Halle

Old is new again on the wall at the corner of Bowery, spiritual epicenter of New York street art since the early 1980s. On Tuesday 30, its owner, Goldman Properties will unveil (or in this case, re-unveil) a mural created in 2009 by Os Gêmeos, a twin-brother artist team from Brazil.

Their piece was the second in a series commissioned and curated by Goldman Properties honcho Tony Goldman and gallery dealer Jeffrey Deitch for the site, which had originally been the home of another mural by famed artist Keith Haring in 1982. The latter had been in place for years after Haring's death in 1990 until it was finally painted over. A 2008 recreation of that work launched Goldman's aforementioned program, but the subsequent Os Gêmeos's creation shared a particular distinction with Haring's: It, too, was painted directly onto the old wall. Thereafter, other artists—including Terror161, Faust, Lady Pink, Free5, How & Nosm, Crash, Daze, Aiko and Shepard Fairey—had to settle for a plywood surface covering the masonry.

Currently, Goldman is erecting a two-story building on the adjacent lot, the former location of Billy's Antiques. But in the meantime, they've dismantled the plywood covering, and once again, the Os Gêmeos mural is seeing the light of day. How long it will remain on view—and what, if anything, will follow—remains up in the air.


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