Posts Tagged ‘Blu’
El Pueblo Historic Monument
Street art is having something of a moment right now in Los Angeles. MOCA’s Art in the Streets show is totally loved and totally hated. And somehow MOCA has managed to underplay the censorship issues that arose months ago when the graffiti artist Blu’s mural was whitewashed from the Geffen Contemporary’s north wall. I’ve been told Blu wanted to show Deitch sketches for the mural, but Deitch couldn’t (wouldn’t?) because he was too busy at Basel in Miami…
I can’t wait to get back to LA to see Art in the Streets. Everyone is going crazy for it, or going crazy because of it. Taggers have converged on Little Tokyo and the Popo don’t know what to do. Deitch says it’s inspirational and motivational. But it has also been controversial. Small reminder:
MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary’s North Wall in December 2010:
How the wall appears now:
The new mural is called Birds of a Feather. Here’s a video of the artists creating it. I wonder how long MOCA will leave the work up? Will they whitewash this one too when the show is done, or leave it up for a while?
Look out soon for a future post about another famous LA mural that was whitewashed too.
P.S. Who wants to go explore this street art smorgasbord with me when I’m back?