The only thing as enduring as graffiti, it seems, is the celebration of graffiti by people who live and work behind clean, vandalism-free facades.
Witness the Museum of the City of New York’s new exhibition, “City as Canvas,” which devotes part of its taxpayer-subsidized space to canonizing the scrawls that covered the subways in the 1970s and 1980s.
A press preview Monday featured some of the few former taggers who have moved on to non-criminal forms of artistic expression. They waxed rhapsodic about the city’s bad old days.
“The act of painting a train is something . . . very close to all of our hearts,” said Aaron Goodstone, who goes by the nom de spray of Sharp.
Sandra (Lady Pink) Fabara said she “got my education on the New York subways, like all these fellas did.”read the rest here