In 1982, over several days, Keith Haring painted a huge mural up the street from the corner of Houston & Bowery. The site was so desolate that Keith figured: who is going to complain? Fifty large bags of debris later the was was ready to paint. Today, in tribute to Keith Haring, the wall serves as a revolving 'canvas' for young street artists to showcase their talent. Several years earlier, cryptic phrases signed SAMO (a.k.a. Jean-Michel Basquiat) began showing up on walls along the Bowery, challenging New Yorker's awareness in a unique new way.
Over the course of their brief yet successful careers in art, Keith and Jean-Michel became friends and collaborators. "Back to the Bowery" aims to revisit this "radiant" period in the New York art scene when creativity and collaboration in art, music, and letters was the norm, not the exception. This exciting show is an opportunity to make the increasingly rare and valuable artwork of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat available for acquisition.