The Splasher

by jaredmoshe
June 28, 2007 8:09 AM
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The arts section of the NY Times kicks leads with the exploits of the Splasher, the unknown person (or group) who are targeting street artists by splashing paint on their work, dropping flyers and tossing stink bombs at gallery openings. The Times frames the conflict as a semi-civil war between street artists who have come up in the 90's and moved into the commercial realms and a younger generation who see this early generation as "selling out." However, the Wooster Collective who have been blogging this story for a longer period put the motivation in much simpler terms: "Attention and a jealous desire to sabotage and ruin the work of well known artists who have gained a certain amount of notoriety."