Public art of the day

Posted: 24 April 2011 in Uncategorized
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Much has been made of the effect of “Art in the Streets,” the new exhibition of graffiti and public art at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, in inciting a new wave of graffiti on buildings, lampposts, and mailboxes in downtown Los Angeles.

What has been lost in the brouhaha was MOCA’s decision to censor a mural by Italian artist Blu, which was commissioned for one of the museum’s walls.* The mural, which depicted wooden caskets draped with dollar bills, apparently proved to be too contemporary for the museum and they whitewashed it (literally!) less than 24 hours after it was completed.

* I have posted other examples of Blu’s art here, here, and here.

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