2 August, 2008. New York, NY. A detail of the tag "LA2" (which refers to "Little Angel"), made by the graffiti artist Angel Ortiz on July 22nd 2008 on the Keith Haring mural of Bowery and Houston street. Angel Ortiz, 41, is a graffiti artist who collaborated with Keith Haring in the 80's. The Keith Haring mural was reproduced on May 4th 2008, after the original 1982 graffiti was painted over. Angel Ortiz asked Clayton Patterson, an artist and gallerist, to help him tag the wall with his own artwork. Mr. Ortiz has accused the Haring Foundation of denying him credit on many of the jointly produced works. The two artists met in 1980, when Angel Ortiz was 13 years old. Subsequently, Ortiz and Haring collaborated for several years and had joint shows.
©2008 Gianni Cipriano for The New York Times
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