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Known for painting himself in urban camouflage in order to sink into the background of a variety of situations, Chinese artist Liu Bolin recently began a New York City-based photography project by blending into Kenny Scharf’s mural on Houston and Bowery. Despite international acclaim for his work, Scharf had some major shoes to fill when working on this wall as it has served as a medium for Keith Haring and Shepard Fairey – just to name a few – and is scheduled to be painted over by French artist and photographer JR in the near future. Nonetheless, Liu’s choice of the Brooklyn-based painter’s mural as a setting for his photograph speaks well for Scharf’s final product on one of Manhattan’s most well-known urban canvases. In fact, Kenny was so honored to have his piece selected by Liu that he showed up to help the Chinese artist’s assistants paint him early yesterday morning.
Source: Wooster Collective