Photos by G. Various Artists.
Any Person Found Painting Graffiti on These Premises Will Be Reported - To The Nearest Art Dealer by Banksy.
Prior to the opening of the “Art In The Streets” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, there was a lot of controversy surrounding the exhibit. MOCA’s Jeffrey Deitch ordered the removal of a mural he sanctioned, the final list of included artists was missing many legends in street art and many artists were getting busted by police. I had mixed feelings going into the exhibit but from the second I set foot until the moment I left, all I can say is that if you are a fan of street art or graffiti, you cannot even think about missing this exhibit.
First off, the “Art In The Streets” exhibit is enormous! There are approximately 65 sections featuring different periods and artists in this urban movement and each portion is more amazing than the one before it. Alleyways and the influential New York art space Fun Gallery have been recreated, large scale murals are featured everywhere, and there are photos, paintings, sculptures and films throughout the exhibit. This is in fact one of the rare instances where the catalog of the show is worth getting. Ironic, since they allow photography (without the use of flash) inside the museum. Typically, museums will not allow photos so that you will buy the book, but I will certainly mention this exhibit the next time I enter a museum and they try and stop me from taking pictures.
Some of the artists that are prominently featured are Rammellzee, Kenny Scharf, Keith Haring, Banksy, Jamie Reid, Crash, Futura, Lady Pink, Fab 5 Freddy, Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant, Lee Quinones, Roa, Eine, Craig Stecyk III, Gusmano Cesaretti, Retna, Chaz Bojorquez, Invader, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Ed Templeton, Kaws, Larry Clark, Craig Costello, Terry Richardson, Mark Gonzales, Cheryl Dunn, Neckface, Freedom, Andre, Os Gemeos, Mister Cartoon, Saber, Revok, JR and so many more! You will definitely need several hours to attempt to take it all in.
“Art In The Streets” is on display until August 8, 2011 at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Downtown Los Angeles and you should not miss it under any circumstance!
Partial view of "Art In The Streets" at MOCA
The Spray Paint Hall of Fame
Photo by G.
Disapproved by Deitch
After much controversy, including the removal of a commissioned street art piece by Blu, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, headed by Jeffrey Deitch, has revealed the list of featured artists in the upcoming “Art in the Streets” exhibit. The list appears courtesy of LA Weekly.
CRAIG R. STECYK III
FAB 5 FREDDY
IZ THE WIZ
…plus one extra bonus artist.
I think the bonus artist will be Banksy. In a quick perusal of the list, I see Blek Le Rat is missing. Who else has been disapproved by Deitch?
Photos by G.
Vhils at Viva La Revolucion at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Now through January 2, 2011
If you are in the San Diego area in California, you will not want to miss the “Viva La Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape” exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego. The exhibit features the work of 20 well known street artists such as Shepard Fairey, Banksy, Barry McGee, Invader, Vhils, Os Gemeos, Swoon, and Faile just to name a few of the participating artists. I’ve written about most of these artists before and it is so pleasing to see their work preserved in a museum setting.
You’ll want to allow extra time when you visit the exhibit to explore downtown San Diego as you’ll be given a “treasure map” that details the location of over 12 more works that the artists have left all over the city! I went on this journey and some locales are walking distance and you’ll have to drive to others to see them all in one day, but trust me – it’s worth it.
See some more works from both the museum exhibit as well as some that have been left in public, after the jump.
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