A new VARA challenge, this time by graffiti artists

Photo by Rebecca Schear on flickr

Just a day before a New York district judge had given his approval on November 20th, a Long Island City property owner brought in a team of painters, not to decorate his buildings but to whitewash them, in advance of having them torn down. What they covered over was the work of other painters, a group of graffiti artists, or “aerosol artists” (as they refer to themselves) known collectively as 5Pointz, who had been creating designs over every inch of this group of rundown low-rise office buildings in Queens since 2002. Continue reading