When East Village painter Martin Wong first settled down in New York City during the 1970s, he began collecting photographs of the graffiti around him, suspecting that the tagged subway cars and sprayed walls would one day become an important part of New York culture and the art world in general, and boy, he was right. For the first time ever, his collection will be on view at the Museum of the City of New York's "City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection," opening next Tuesday, Feb. 4. Though the opening is only a few days away, we can hardly contain our excitement for this massive show. Luckily for us, the museum's curator Sean Corcoran has been sharing sneak peeks of what to expect at the show. Additionally, T Magazine also asked KAWS to pick out his favorite pieces from Wong's trove of art. Judging from the artist's picks and the curator's Instagram photos, we're in for a real treat. Click through to check out some installation shots from the show.

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[via TMagazine]