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No Street Art for Brooklyn

06.22.11   |   Posted in: Art & Design   |   By: Toshi Jones
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While there will be no shortage of graffiti in Brooklyn next Spring. However, it will not be housed in the Brooklyn Museum. Art in the Streets, which is currently on exhibit here in Los Angeles at MOCA was slated to travel to New York in February 2012. Brooklyn Museum Director Arnold L. Lehman noted in a statement yesterday “It is with regret … that the cancellation became necessary due to the current financial climate…” Many speculate fear of an increase in street graffiti as a more pressing concern. Museum officials are not denying these claims and news media have linked up a supposed increase in graffiti here in LA to the opening of the show at MOCA.

LAPD and LA County Sheriff’s department have made statements indicating that the immediate area surrounding MOCA has seen an increase in graffiti since the opening of Art in the Streets. Neu Black did a brief survey of the area and Little Tokyo is pretty graffiti free. That is aside from the work directly on the MOCA building, a set of JR eyes and before it was censored by MOCA, a full wall of coffins by Italian street artist Blu (below.)

It is possible LAPD might be referring to the surge in privately commissioned street art murals popping up around downtown. Which they can do nothing about. If there is anything the MOCA show can take credit for, it is bringing street art to greater prominence and providing an increased understanding of this emerging genre.

Australian Artist Kid Zoom

Dabs & Myla with Craola

New Featured Artist – Takashi Murakami

01.11.08   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Events   |   By: Toshi Jones
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Be sure to check out the new Featured Artist – Takashi Murakami, a close look at him and his current retrospective at MOCA in Los Angeles.

Skin+Bones Private Viewing @ Moca

01.3.07   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Events   |   By: Kellis Landrum
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Join Dwell magazine for a private viewing of Skin + Bones: Parallel Practices in Fashion and Architecture. This exhibition challenges conventional ways of thinking about architecture and fashion, revealing the potential that can be gained from an ongoing dialogue between the two disciplines. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine and music.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

To RSVP click here: click here

Self-parking is available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall garage. Enter on 2nd Street or Lower Grand Ave.

Thanks to Hustler of Culture for the tip.

MOCA’S Mark Rothkos

11.29.06   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Events   |   By: A. Salem Jones
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rothko-museum-2.jpgA tip for our Los Angeles readers: next time shopping on Melrose or Beverly take a break and check out a small but wonderful collection of paintings by Mark Rothko. Born in Russia and raised in the United States, Rothko contributed much to 1950s abstract expressionism. His signature style uses contrasting color on large canvases in order to overwhelm or envelope the viewer. He even insisted that his paintings be viewed from a distance of 18 inches for full effect. It is perhaps fitting to see his meditative work in a small, but intimate space. Located at Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in the Pacific Design Center. Hours and directions can be found here. Now through January 21st. Photo by Brian Forrest.