The ACER Erasure from the New Museum

Posted on: March 29th, 2022 at 5:02 am by

Photo: Mark Winter-Gitelson

For ACER, it’s erasure.

The New Museum woke up last Wednesday morning to some new storefront flare on the Bowery, as first reported here. A roughly twelve-foot tag about five stories up, spelling ACER. It was a major coup for an anonymous, west coast street writer without any social media presence.

(We are told the artist likely scaled adjacent fire escapes to access this spot.)

A day later, though, cleaners were spotted buffing out the letterwork from the facade. By Friday afternoon, the ACER paint job was fully erased.

Photo: Mark Winter-Gitelson

The anonymous vandal flies under the radar without much online footprint. However, there are several posts on Instagram showing output in Seattle, San Francisco, and Oakland (via hashtag #acer444).

Meanwhile, the epic tag above the Bowery has spawned conversations in graffiti circles, serious or otherwise, that the New Museum should consider curating this spot as another “wall” for street art.

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