Why haven’t hotels figured out that they should have strong free wifi in all rooms? And, if they make you pay for wifi, the signal and speed had better be amazing? Starbucks has it figured out, and I don’t have to pay a boatload of money to hang out in a Starbucks for a couple of hours (unless I’m drinking their coffee while I’m there). And yet, hotels haven’t seemed to get the message. So that problem, and the general busyness of the last few days in LA, is why I am woefully late covering the opening of Art in the Streets at MOCA in LA, probably the biggest indoor event this year relating to street art or graffiti. And I’m still going to be woefully late with coverage today. Expect a full review in a couple of days, but in the mean time, here’s some of the best reviews and coverage from around the web:
- Some overviews of the show by Arrested Motion and Sour Harvest.
- Lots of photos of sections by Lee, The Fun Gallery, Swoon, Barry McGee, Todd James, Steve Powers, Rammellzee, CR Stecyk III, Ed Templeton, Shepard Fairey, Banksy (whose section is a work in progress) and Os Gêmeos.
- Some thoughts on KATSU’s fire extinguisher on the side of the museum (since buffed and painted over with a mural).
- Unurth’s thoughts on the show (and Hyperallergic’s comments on Unurth’s review).
- Jake Dobkin’s comment on the lack of political content in Art in the Streets.
- Hyperallergic on this being the “first” exhibition of its kind.
- A review from The LA Times.
- The LA Times reports on an increase in graffiti throughout LA because of the show. A. Umm… duh. B. MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch attributed this increase to “some of the young taggers who are anarchic,” but neglected to mention that some artists in Art in the Streets are involved too. Barry McGee, Amaze, ESPO and friends painted some graffiti. I saw some McGee stickers around the museum. And Shepard Fairey’s crew has been hitting up electric boxes right out in front of MOCA without permission.