One Week From “Art in the Streets” and Someone is Destroying Art by Famous Artists

We got word from REVOK and SABER today that one of the most badass murals to go up in Los Angeles in awhile is going to be buffed by the city. A mere week from the opening of “Art in the Streets” at MOCA, works by Os Gêmeos, SABER, REVOK, RIME, RETNA, NORM, JERSEY JOE are currently being destroyed by the City of Los Angeles, even as tax money goes to supporting contemporary arts. Furthermore, the city also plans to buff the murals on Melrose, which have served as an outdoor gallery for thousands of Angeleños for the past few years and drawn thousands of visitors to the city.

Think about it– the city is spending loads of money to destroy artwork, even as we prepare to honor street art in a major way at a city supported museum. MOCA was created by the City of Los Angeles and private donors in the early 1980’s, and in all that time there still seems to be a massive disconnect between supporting contemporary arts in Los Angeles and prosecuting artists who try to bring some life and color to the people.

Update 1: here’s how artwork that’s been ruined looks:

Update 2: The mural was mistakenly buffed by a private company that had bad information. Read our update here: Who is Graffiti Control Systems?

Top photo by ReignmanP
Bottom Photo by RoughAndGreedy

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Comments (10) to “One Week From “Art in the Streets” and Someone is Destroying Art by Famous Artists”

  1. Why are any artists partaking in this show. BOYCOTT THESE PIRATES. This is an obvious attempt to clean the streets and move graffitti into the gallery where in can be easily managed. Read my open letter to all artists involved.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/52304998/Open-Letter-to-MOCA-Artists

  2. support the arts fuck these evil doers

  3. Thanks for doing such a great job at supporting art. period. Here’s the North Hollywood Graffiti ART Mural whitewashed and waiting for tagging…wish someone would do another mural. http://bit.ly/eikAI7

  4. Thats Messed up, these are gifts that these great artist donate to the city and the buff just destroys them without realizing the value..

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  6. LA artists are respected everywhere except in our own home town! The city has always had it out for art & music, remember when LAPD had undercovers in tagging crews?

  7. Sue GCS! Retna just sold a million dollars worth of work in nYc. Obviously this mural is worth a lot of money! Sue sue sue sue sue sue.

  8. [...] The wall was painted in July 2010, and I remember it was an exciting production. Besides Os Gêmeos being in LA from Brazil, Jeffrey Deitch stopped by and had everyone buzzing about the MoCA show. Almost a year later, LA Taco’s headline pointed out One Week From “Art in the Streets” and Someone is Destroying Art by Famous Artists. [...]

  9. [...] The wall was painted in July 2010, and I remember it was an exciting production. Besides Os Gêmeos being in LA from Brazil, Jeffrey Deitch stopped by and had everyone buzzing about the MoCA show. Almost a year later, LA Taco’s headline pointed out One Week From “Art in the Streets” and Someone is Destroying Art by Famous Artists. [...]

  10. fuuck ! im french i seen this graff in LA on summer 2010 !!! it was really beautiful !!! fuck fuck fuck