For nearly four decades, the wall on the northwest corner of Houston and Bowery in New York City has served as an irresistible blank canvas. From illegal taggings to large-scale commissioned pieces, artists have been drawn to the space, which began its life as a handball court, and its built-in audience of city dwellers and tourists alike who pass by it each day and night.
The wall is part of a building that is owned by the real estate development company Goldman Properties. In 2008, the company began using the space to host a revolving art project, first in partnership with Jeffrey Deitch and then with The Hole Gallery. Over the course of five years, a long list of renowned artists have created murals on the wall. With the newest one going up in March, it seemed fitting to take a look back.