Top 10 Street Art and Graffiti Stories of 2011
|Banksy's Elephant in Malibu|
He was nominated, but then uninvited. Banksy came to L.A., left some art that was mostly stolen and caused a fury on TMZ. The Academy was mostly afraid of what this outlaw graffiti artist would do if he won. Would he wear a monkey mask? Would he streak across the stage naked like that guy in the seventies? After all, he did send Mr. Brainwash to accept his Independent Spirit award. Maybe they should've rethought the whole James Franco/Anne Hathaway thing instead. Snoooozzzzzz.
1. "Art In the Streets" at MOCA
Gregory Bojorquez, courtesy of MOCA
Jeffery Deitch does the museum show that would not be done. The controversial curator brings artists and art fans from all over the world to converge on the Best Coast for a landmark retrospective on the history of street art and graffiti. Banksy pays for Free Mondays, Invader evades the LAPD, Eine paints the L.A. Weekly. It was a good year.
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