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Martha Cooper speaks on Art in the Streets

VNA got bumped into graffiti photographer, documenter and bonafide badass Martha Cooper on the set of Art in the Streets. Some pretty interesting thoughts, and kind of putting a voice to a name, which is always welcome. Something about sunny LA brings out the best and brightest in people.

You should also check out Very Nearly Almost, some constructive reporting and web curation, along with inside looks and just great personality behind the project.


Vandalog’s review of Art in Streets

source: RJ Rushmore

Vandalog, run by RJ Rushmore, posted this review of Art in the Streets yesterday. Here’s an excerpt about AITS curator Jeff Deitch and the position he was in regarding Katsu and Blu’s mural, two pieces that were buffed despite seemingly falling firmly under the practical manifestation of this show:

And just this past week, Deitch’s inability to publicly defend and embrace illegal street art being committed near the museum has been laughable and depressing. Critics of the show are right to point out the hypocrisy of his position on the legitimacy of street art being produced today versus that of a few years ago. But just like it is the critics’ job to point out that hypocrisy, it is Deitch’s job to say politically wise things to reporters…

This piece is definitely food for thought, as much as people can enjoy street art in a vacuum, with Art in the Streets being wildly successful we have to look at the monetary and political ramifications of an underground medium now reaching to the mainstream. Via Vandalog.

Invader @ MOCA via Hypebeast

Hypebeast has been killin it with some great compiled and self-taken photodocs on specific artists featured in Moca’s Art in the Streets. These photos really capture the single artist view rather than focusing on full exhibit shots. These are all names and “legends” that we’ve seen emerge into mainstream prominence in the past 5-6 years. In this case, Invader, via Hypebeast:

source: hypebeast

source: hypebeast

The isolation of these pieces on white walls is really kind of unusual to see, but it’s always good that the artist is appropriating new ideas and progressing. This time bringing the old-school hand pointer icon, and isolating individual invaders without their usual linoleum backdrops.

source: hypebeast

Loving the placement on this. Honestly we’ve been impressed with the layout of the exhibit, at least from a bystander’s perspective. Check out Hypebeast constantly for new artist profile updates at Art in the Streets.

Revok’s Art in the Streets web curation

source: Revok1

The beef that people have toward art blogging is often not adding value to the actual works produced by the artist. However, the reason that Ennui covers Art in the Streets, at least through Internet curation and telling you about who to hit for what kind of perspective,is to bring the jumbled, often enclaved curatorial style of art’s in-crowd, like Art in the Streets curators Jeffrey Deitsch, Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose in sharper focus, especially for readers wanting to see the significance, not just exhibit shots or production videos.

And don’t get us wrong, no disrespect to Deitsch and company for their awesome, awesome contribution to this genre and setting, but art that was borne from bystander fascination and cover of night deserves to be covered by every outlet, in whatever way possible. In this case, check out LA graff legend and blu collar self-starter Revok1‘s own curation of Art in the Streets coverage.

source: Revok1
source: Revok1
source: Revok1

Wow, that last one is LA at its finest. Revok‘s selections of photos in that post definitely lean more toward LA’s graff inspirations, as those works are closest to the heart of the writer’s career and style. From Revok1:

Here are a few photos from the incredibly overwhelming experience that is ART IN THE STREETS…

Some photos stolen from OS GEMEOS and ARRESTED MOTION

More photos soon when I get the chance to sit down at a computer and upload my own…

As we sift through the thousands of photos swamping the Internet right now, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on the unique perspectives that the artists and documenters are presenting at this show.

Banksy @ Art in the Streets

source: Arrested Motion

Part of absorbing some of the context behind Art in the Streets, especially as a remote viewer, is finding the sites that cover it best. In this case, Arrested Motion has got the straight coverage on lock.

Banksy seems to be a no-brainer inclusion for this show, but his appearance was largely unannounced before the show opened on the 17th.  Well, now the UK artist and director is back, pulling out the heavy equipment for Geffen.

source: Arrested Motionsource: Arrested Motion

source: Arrested Motion 

From Arrested Motion:

Banksy brought many top notch pieces with him from stencils of his classics to versions of many of the outdoor works such as Crayon Shooter & Chalk-lined Living Room. We were also happy to see inclusion of some of his animatronics and sketches. Perhaps one of our favorite pieces was a large painted version of the Los Angeles Rodney King incident as seen through the eyes of the clever artist. If you missed his legendary museum show in Bristol, do you yourself a favor and go to the MOCA.

Just from pictures alone, Banksy’s selection of stencils and newer pieces seem really biographical/historical almost in the context of the exhibit. Street art and graff benefit explicitly more from playing on process as well as meaning/presentation/composition.

Art in the Streets via Geffen’s Cameras

We wish this was just a little longer or got a few more shots in, but the idea is pretty cool, especially with Art in the Streets reaching critical mass in the last couple of days. Getting an inside view really shows how differently writers and artists approached their respective “walls,” this time, tailored for a gallery setting. Check it out here:

From Juxtapoz:

There was a lot of secrecy involved in the preparation of MOCA’s “Art In the Streets” exhibition. We are quite sure if you were an artist in the show, your mother couldn’t come see what you were doing until the press preview. That said, it also provided an opportunity for those setting up the entire show and documenting it to have a bit of fun, and MOCA created a film using the Geffen’s security cameras.

Art in the Streets is going to be riot, so as remote viewers and curators we’ll keep an eye peeled for interesting bits and pieces around the show, and leave the actual coverage to the local and embedded sources.

HOW & NOSM get some friends

source: Revok1

HOW and NOSM get a little company for their LA mural. This time from DABS & MYLA. Now it’s a party. Check out these shot pulled from Revok1.

source: Revok1

source: Revok1

So sick.