A daring graffiti artist has pulled off a stunt for the ages in New York New Museum Wednesday, spraying the name “Acer” on the third floor of the Bowery building.
The anonymous artist does not appear to have a social media presence, but there are a growing number of posts on Instagram showing off his work under the hashtag #acer444.
The photos show the artist’s work in Seattle, San Francisco and Oakland, before more recent pieces in New York.
“I don’t know anything about them except that their work only recently started popping up in New York,” said Luna Park, a photographer and graffiti artist who was quick to document the work on Thursday. , to Artnet News on Instagram. “They painted very noticeable spots, the kind that make you sit up and notice.”
The mysterious Acer seems to be a master at bombing prominent but hard-to-reach places – or “raising up”, as it’s known in the graffiti community.
News of the daring work was first reported by Bowery Boogiewith more in-depth reports by Hyperallergic. How the artist managed to escape the security of the New Museum to gain access to the premises and create such a large piece in such a precarious location remains a mystery.
The New Museum did not respond to inquiries from Artnet News, but the institution seems less than appreciative of the latest addition to its facadewhich is clad in an anodized expanded aluminum mesh.
Thursday morning, when Park arrived on the scene to photograph the room, workers were struggling to remove the building’s black lettering and red background.
Since the opening of its flagship building designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA in December 2007, the institution has staged a facade sculpture program, installing large-scale contemporary art above the Bowery. First comer Ugo Rondinone, Damn yes!which ran until November 2010. This was followed by Isa Genzkenit is Pink II (2007) to 2013 and Chris Burdenit is ghost ship until 2017.
Currently on view is Glenn Ligonit is A small groupinstalled in January 2021 before the opening of “Grief and Grief: Art and Mourning in America», the last exhibition of the famous Nigerian curator Okwui Enwezor, who died in 2019.
The Acer 444 coin appeared just above Ligon’s illuminated neon coin, which reads “blues blood bleue”.
The graffiti community on Reddit is in awe of the artist’s feat, with commentators calling his bombardment of the New Museum “legendary” and “hard as shit”.
“Absolutely insane place – between this and the other recent work they’ve put up, they really lock it down,” one user wrote.
“Donkey death,” agreed another. “Even though my brother never reached another place, it earns him a place in history.”
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