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This morning, LA Anonymous unveiled their latest work, a circus-inspired poster installed on the north-facing wall of Zip Fusion Sushi in downtown LA, near Little Tokyo. Titled “Art in the Streets” (2011), the poster by LA Anonymous appears a week before MOCA LA director Jeffrey Deitch’s Art in the Streets show opens.
Judging by the list of artists on display in the MOCA LA show, I’m not really surprised that LA Anonymous would accuse Deitch (under Broad’s direction and funding) of playing it safe. The graffiti-heavy exhibition — a bias which may mean less political and social critique content — is geared very much to a California history of graffiti and (to a lesser extent) street art.
There are some notable omissions that a New York version of this show would never have made. Why are Dan Witz, Faile, John Fekner and others excluded? Another lack in the show is that there is far less international talent than I would have expected, but as they say, we’ll have to reserve final judgment until we see the show.
BTW, LA Anonymous, nice touch with including the big white wall that was the former spot of Blu’s censored mural in the new poster. I’m glad someone has a memory.
All photos courtesy LA RAW
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Titian’s paintings are masterpieces, with all the complications of the term.
Through “Historic Site,” an 8-foot-tall plaque and Historic Sight, a year-long rotating exhibition in Pittsburgh, the Black Cube Fellows investigate how history is constructed, remembered, and retold.
Lawson’s images, and the ways that she has discussed her process, seem to be actively reproducing the kind of big-dick energy power dynamics of White male artists who also claim mastery over their subject matter.
Jenkins’s new short film, the centerpiece of a MoMI exhibit on The Underground Railroad, uses his signature techniques to confront the viewer.
Romanticism to Ruin: Two Lost Works of Sullivan and Wright memorializes Chicago’s Garrick Theatre and Buffalo’s Larkin Building, which were razed to build a parking lot and a truck stop.