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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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