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Anti Art in the Streets Street Art

May 27, 2011

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L.A. Street Banners April 2011

May 1, 2011

Art in the Streets at MoCA

Three Fragment of a Lost Tale, Sculpture and Story by John Frame, at the Huntington.

God's of Angkor at the Getty Center.

Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Valley at the Fowler.

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In the Details: MoCA's Art in the Streets

April 30, 2011

The Art in The Streets exhibit at MoCA's Geffen Contemporary is on pace to break all of MoCA's attendence records. It's a massive show with plenty of controversy and a connection to pop culture that draws audiences that don't attend other museum shows.

The cavernous gallery spaces and frenetic installation complement the themes of the exhibit. The scale of the pieces and their display push viewers back. A closer look reveals similarities in the pieces as well as installation that ties this show together. Enjoy.

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Scrabble can't compete. Even when it looks this good.

March 3, 2011

You know I love scrabble. Well, not enough to have people over to play. Instead, I play the online version "Words with Friends". After seeing this amazing Scrabble board on Fast Company, I had a sudden urge to invite some word smiths over and get it on. Then I realized it was just a concept and thanked Steve Jobs for being a genius. Yes, it would be a lovely decorative object in an interior, but if I can't drop it in my jeans pocket and play it anywhere, it's probably not really worth it.

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Environmental video and interactivity

March 1, 2011
In 2010, Jason Gruges Studios created this massive video screen at Platform 5 in London's Sunderland Station that shows a series of ghostly figures moving where a platform used to be.

This interactiveshop window, created for fashion brand WeSC is at a similar environmental scale to the Sunderland piece. Click here to see more work by the creators of this piece, hyper island.

Interactive Display Window Concept from bareilza on Vimeo.

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Nike's Los Fearless shop in shop in shop

February 14, 2011

For the last couple of years there has been what appeared to be a temporary shop in shop concept called House of Hoops inside the Beverly Center's Foot Locker. The massive marketing campaign for the original House of Hoops was just a warmup for the new Los Fearless concept. With the NBA All Star Game in LA, Nike is giving hoop-lovers a destination other than Staples Center. It's a little tough to understand exactly what Los Fearless is. It's a very Nike concept - a visceral connection between the spirit of LA and a select few of Nikes highest paid endorsers. Here's how they put it:

How do they finally pull this concept together? Well, in just the way you would expect: with a fifty-foot-long super-futuristic black mamba. It's a grand campaign that culminates in a very small exhibit of hot new hoop sneakers at the heart of the House of Hoops.
It must take some kind of super-projector to shoot across this brightly lit atrium.
Oh there it is. A marketing program of this scale should set aside a little cash for a projector shroud. 
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Mapplethorpe collection acquired by LA museums

February 9, 2011

The Getty Trust and LACMA have teamed up to acquire around 2000 photos by Mapplethorpe. Among the group are some of his most important and controversial work. To sweeten the deal, the Getty Research Institute has been gifted the remainder of the Mapplethorpe archive. The huge collection includes: 200 unique artworks, 120,000 negatives and 3,500 polaroids along with personal and professional correspondence.

Read the full LA Times story here. And the NY Times version here.

As the Pacific Standard Time exhibits slate approaches in LA, maybe this trend of sharing to support the arts in LA will continue.
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Museum of London's new exhibit on London

February 8, 2011

Back in May of last year, the Galleries of Modern London opened at the Museum of London. Over 7000 objects help to tell the story of London's long cultural history from 1666 to present. WilkonsonEyre was responsible for the gallery renovations and although I have not seen the space in person, it photographs very well. Click here to see more images on the Guardian online. The space featuring "Booth's Poverty Maps" is a highlight. The content rich color coding of streets by relative wealth, makes these maps a great example of timeless information design. Read all about it at this NY Times article. The display of the maps is impressive too. The walls, ceilings and floors are covered with maps. The framed maps are hung so they appear to be tiles of the maps covering the entire room. 

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MoCA accused of censorship

February 8, 2011

As part of the build-up to the first-of-it's-kind street art exhibit at MoCA, Jeffery Deitch, a longtime supporter of street artists, commissioned Blu to paint a massive mural that would cover the entirety of Moca's Geffen Contemporary's north-facing facade. But there's a problem. Apparently, Deitch never saw a sketch or approved the piece, and found the content insensitive to the neighbors. So, it was painted over the next day. The piece depicted rows of wooden coffins draped with dollar bills. According to a MoCA spokeswoman, the huge piece is in plain view from the VA hospital on Temple Street and is adjacent to a WWII Japanese American memorial. To read the full story according to the LA Downtown news, click here. Mat Gleason, art critic and contributor to the Huffington post has this to say.

LA street artists protested how they know best. With graffiti of course. And Blu had very little to say to the LA times about what happened.
Jeffery Deitch and the communications team at MoCA had plenty to say to the LA Times in defense of their decision.
All it took was a couple of guys, some white paint, and a lift to cover the mural.
This poster appeared downtown shortly after the whitewashing, featuring JD as the ayatollah with a paint roller.
A less controversial piece by Blu in Germany
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Simon Rodia's Towers

February 8, 2011

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Homelands featured on Big Love

February 7, 2011

Last Sunday, the popular HBO show, Big Love, featured the interior of the Homelands exhibit at the Autry Museum. A main character, Barbara Henrickson, played by Jeanne Tripplehorn visits her mother, who volunteers as a docent at a museum in Utah. Two long scenes show several views of the gallery exterior and interior. The rich textures in the galleries make it very difficult for anyone who has seen the exhibit to think this could possibly be anywhere but the Autry.

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Bags for sale! But not for fifty cents.

January 18, 2011


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