Goldman Properties Still Mum over David Choe Controversy at Bowery Wall
A graffiti cleanup detail was dispatched to the corner of Bowery and East Houston Monday morning to dispense with the anti-Choe vandalism. Several scrawls of “rapist” covered the new mural, all of which were quickly buffed. The enormous “BTM” spray-tag (Big Time Mafia graf crew), however, remains on view, as attempts to erase ultimately proved futile. (This mural doesn’t have the protective coating that previous artists used.)
Given the sudden and sharp backlash over the choice of artist David Choe to paint the wall, this will probably become a normal occurrence during its slated four-month tenure. A changing-of-the-guard remains on the books for October.
Media coverage of the outrage is also snowballing. Absent still from the discussion, though, is property owner and art curator Goldman Properties. That in itself speaks volumes, and could potentially hurt their reputation down the line. We reached out for a comment on the matter, but haven’t heard back yet.
As previously reported, Choe is most certainly not welcome here, largely due to past comments made on his podcast bragging about an alleged sexual encounter with a masseuse in 2014. He later backpedaled, claiming the story a fiction, yet some critics have seemingly branded him a rapist ever since.
Facebook made the Korean-American artist a multimillionaire. Entrepreneur Sean Parker, a longtime fan, had tapped Choe in 2005 to paint “graphic sexual murals” inside Facebook’s first Silicon Valley office. When offered “cash in the thousands” or company stock as payment, Choe chose the latter. The gamble paid off, especially after the IPO in 2012. The take amounted to hundreds of millions.
Scrubbing away the rapist tags from the wall…