Saturday, May 7, 2011
'Art In The Streets' Opens at MOCA - With Controversy and Anticipation
Art in the Streets opened at MOCA in Los Angeles recently. It is the first major U.S. museum survey of graffiti and street art.
But at what cost? Exploitation to the masses may not get the respect and understanding originally intended. The original LA mural was removed because of complaints, Revok was arrested, and the list goes on...
Artist Blu was commissioned to do a huge mural on a wall outside of the MOCA,
but it was buffed' due to complaints.
Blu hard at work on the massive mural,
This is the massive mural before it was buffed...
Artist JR is know for work like this recent Mural in LA
REVOK doing his thing in Hawaii (Info - Free Revok)
Curated by MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch and Associate Curators Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose, the exhibition will outline the development of graffiti and street art from the 1970s to the global movement it has become today, focussed on key cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, and Sao Paulo, where a distinctive visual language or attitude has developed. The exhibition will include paintings, mixed media sculptures, and interactive installations by more than 50 of the most influential artists and will highlight Los Angeles's role in the evolution of graffiti and street art, with special sections dedicated to seminal local movements such as cholo graffiti and Dogtown skateboard culture. A comprehensive timeline illustrated with artwork, photos, video, and ephemera will provide a historical context for the work.
In other words it will be a massive collection of work from the most influential 'underground' visual creators of modern time...
This mural protest street art piece was photographed in Los Angeles
This is a list of the Artist (I mean 'SERIOUS'!!!)
ALEXIS ROSS, ANDRE, A-ONE, BARRY MCGEE, BEAR 167, BILL DANIEL, BILL RAY, BLADE, CHARLIE AHEARN, CHAZ BOJORQUEZ, COCO144, COST, CRAIG COSTELLO, CRAIG R. STECYK III, CRASH, DAN MURPHY, DASH SNOW, DAZE, DELTA, DEVIN FLYNN, DON LEICHT, DONDI, DRUGS, ED TEMPLETON, EINE, ERIK BRUNETTI, ESTEVAN ORIOL, FAB 5 FREDDY, FREEDOM, FUTURA, GORDON MATTA-CLARK, GUSMANO CESARETTI, HAZE, HENRY CHALFANT, HOWARD GRIBBLE, HUGH HOLLAND, INVADER, IRAK, IZ THE WIZ, JAMIE REID, JAMES PRIGOFF, JANE DICKSON, JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT, JOHN AHEARN, JOHN FEKNER, JON NAAR, JOSH LAZCANO, JR, KAWS, KEITH HARING, KENNY SCHARF, KIELY JENKINS, KOOR, LADY PINK, LARRY CLARK, LEE QUINONES, LOOMIT, MALCOLM MCLAREN, MARE 139, MARGARET KILGALLEN, MARK GONZALES, MARTHA COOPER, MISS VAN, MISTER CARTOON, MODE 2, NECKFACE, NOC, OS GEMEOS, PATTI ASTOR, PHASE 2, RAMMELLZEE, RETNA, REVOK, REVOLT, REVS, RISK, ROA, ROBBIE CONAL, RON ENGLISH, SABER, SHARP, SHEPARD FAIREY, SJK171, SNAKE 1, SPIKE JONZE, STELIOS, STEPHEN POWERS, STEVE GRODY, SWOON, TAKI 183, TEEN WITCH, TERRY RICHARDSON, TODD JAMES, TOXIC, TRACY 168, ZEPHYR,...plus one extra bonus artist.
A small section of BARRY MCGEE's NYC Mural
He is featured in my coffee table book (Expressions Book One South Africa) during his travels to SA.
This is LOOMIT painting in South Africa
Here are some links to more articles -
About Opening -
About Controversy -