Is graffiti art? One court in Brooklyn has decided yes, ruling for spray paint over New York real estate. On Monday, a judge ruled that a real estate developer who whitewashed dozens of graffiti murals at the 5Pointz complex in Queens violated the Visual Artists Rights Act, "which has been used to protect public art of 'recognized stature' created on someone's else property," according to the New York Times. Jerry Wolkoff purchased the 200,000-square-foot former factory building in the 1970s for $1 million, according to NBC. Graffiti artists approached him the 1990s, asking if they could display their art on the vacant five-story building. Wolkoff agreed. 5Pointz artist Jonathan Cohen started curating the space in 2002. "I said, '... Let me start...
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