A dynamic Barry McGee mural has spread across the 96x67 foot wall of Mark Morris Dance Center over the past two weeks. Been watching its growth from my front stoop. It’s called “Untitled 2012” and was commissioned by Vanity Fair in partnership with Cadillac (via NYT). Something tells me Barclays has a hand in this, but as usual, I am not offended by the yet-to-be-seen effects of our neighborhood’s new brown beast. So far all it’s brought me is new art, cheap basketball tickets and a vague promise of Beyonce live. When it opens, maybe it’ll bring me horrendous rush hour but I’ll wait till my face is smushed against the 3 train door to pass that kinda judgment.
Deciphering tags: McGee is AKA Robert Pimple, and AKA Ray Fong, and AKA Lydia Fong. What’s DFW? Not our DFW. It’s “Down For Whatever,” a book by…one of them. The tags are literal & self-promoting. But it’s not a white wall, nor is it a Cadillac logo, and for that I am grateful.