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Graffiti Laws Make No Sense: NYPD Arrests Watercolor Artist for Painting Outdoors

As part of her practice, Brooklyn artist Julie Torres temporarily tapes large sheets of paper to construction walls or other outdoor areas to paint large watercolors. On the afternoon of July 17, three intimidating plainclothes officers approached her at the corner of N11th and Bedford, arrested her, handcuffed her, fingerprinted her, and placed her in a holding cell for 23 hours. This is her story.

Posted inBooks

Reading Martha Cooper’s Tag Town & Going Postal

In the world of graffiti, Martha Cooper is a cult figure. She’s an old skool photog who, along with Henry Chalfant, documented the fast-changing world of New York graffiti and unintentionally helped make it sexy and digestible for public consumption. Her book Subway Art, co-authored with Chalfant, kickstarted the graff book genre that has ballooned (for better or worse) into a full-blown field that witnesses hundreds of books published a year.

Since the influence and impact of Subway Art is well-know, I chose to focus this review on two more recent works by the graff photography veteran which were published in that last few years, Tag Town: The Evolution of New York Graffiti Writing and Going Postal.