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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.

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Swoon + Cat Solen process video

Swoon is really showing off her art installation and technique with her recent exhibit at AITS. Check out this process video brought to you by Levi’s Film Workshop. So dope. Via Hypebeast.

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.

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.

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 in LA

source: Revok1

The sibling duo out of Brooklyn is killing it with their latest mural on 701 E. 3rd Street. The image density, pattern work and winding style is off the chain. Here’s a little close-up of the piece about 4 days in. There seems to be some explosively good works coming in with MOCA’s Art in the Streets underway in the following weeks.


source: Tatscru flickr

Moca presents Art in the Streets

From the Museum of Contemporary Art Press Release:
APRIL 17–AUGUST 8, 2011 / THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY AT MOCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art presents Art in the Streets, the first major U.S. museum exhibition of the history of graffiti and street art. The exhibition will trace the development of graffiti and street art from the 1970s to the global movement it has become today, concentrating on key cities where a unique visual language or attitude has evolved. Following MOCA’s presentation, the exhibition will travel to the Brooklyn Museum, where it will be on view March 30–July 8, 2012.

Art in the Streets will showcase installations by 50 of the most dynamic artists from the graffiti and street art community, including Fab 5 Freddy (New York), Lee Quiñones (New York), Futura (New York), Margaret Kilgallen (San Francisco), Swoon (New York), Shepard Fairey (Los Angeles), Os Gemeos (São Paulo), and JR(Paris). MOCA’s exhibition will emphasize Los Angeles’s role in the evolution of graffiti and street art, with special sections dedicated to cholo graffiti and Dogtown skateboard culture. The exhibition will feature projects by influential local artists such as Craig R. Stecyk III, Chaz BojórquezMister Cartoon, RETNASABER, REVOK,and RISK.

 
Well, this is going in to the calendar. Talk about pulling out all the stops for this one. Basically any name attached to graff and street culture that has seeped into any kind of social sphere is going to be “featured” or otherwise participating in this travelling exhibit… seen at Moca’s the Curve. Definitely an ambitious undertaking.