June 15, 2009 by Sarojini Seupersad
The etymology of the word graffiti is of Italian origins, stemming from the word graffiato, meaning to scratch or scribble. In the early 20th century, graffiti was relegated to scratches on the wall, Yossarian Lives! or some other political message. In the 60’s and 70’s, graffiti emerged from the underground mostly as a public nuisance, yet quickly translated into one of the fastest growing art movements in the world. Modern graffiti, with tag names, turf wars and the indelible spray paint, have become so popular almost everyone knows how to use a can.
The art exhibition Whole In The Wall, now on view at the Helenbeck Gallery, is a retrospective of the art form of graffiti and is being self-touted as the “largest street art exhibition of American and European street art.” On display in the New York City gallery from May 28 to June 27, this exhibition shows the evolution of graffiti, and also shows it’s importance as a viable art form. For more information and directions to the Helenbeck Gallery, go here.
Admission is free. The gallery is open, airy and leaves room to browse. Closed on Sunday and Monday, but open all other days of the week. If you enjoy all forms of street art, check this exhibition out. Make the time. Seriously.