Wednesday, May 25, 2011

French artists allegedly vandalized LA buildings

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police are looking for two French citizens suspected of vandalizing a downtown office building near where a groundbreaking graffiti art exhibit will open on Sunday.

Officer Jack Richter tells the Los Angeles Times that city authorities detained the two men on a fire escape Friday morning. They were released at the scene but police still want to talk to them. Police believe the men are in town for the Museum of Contemporary Art's "Art in the Streets" exhibit.

Police and business owners say there's been a jump in vandalism and graffiti leading up to Sunday's opening.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

San Jose giraffe graffiti artist to pay $38,000 restitution

San Francisco resident Steven Free (a 32-year-old man), known on the street as "Girafa", will pay the city and local property owners $38,000, a judge has ruled.

He will also serve three years' probation after pleading guilty to two felony counts of vandalism and a pair of misdemeanor vandalism charges, San Jose police said Thursday.

The restitution will pay back the city and private property owners for the damage investigators were able to document.

Police said the capture was especially significant because they subscribe heavily to the "broken windows" crime theory.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

MOCA’s ‘Art in the Streets’ displays works of graffiti

Graffiti art has moved from the streets and onto an exhibition, the first of its kind in the United States, at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles.

Art in the Streets opened on April 17 at the Geffen Contemporary, and includes artworks by 50 world-known artists from the graffiti and street art community (like Fab 5 Freddy from New York, Margaret Kilgallen from San Francisco, Shepard Fairey from Los Angeles, Os Gemeos from São Paulo and JR from Paris), performances by hip hop dancers and skate demonstrations from Nike SB crews.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011

Banksy produces 'souvenir' poster of Bristol riots

The image was described on Banksy's website as a "fine commemorative souvenir poster"
Banksy has created a new image depicting a Tesco Value petrol bomb in the wake of riots in the city.

Last month, police raided a squat opposite the Tesco store saying they had intelligence that petrol bombs were being made there.

That led to a large protest in the early hours of 22 April and was followed by a second demonstration on 28 April.

Officers have arrested 37 people and charged nine people over the two protests.

A Tesco Express store was damaged during the trouble

The new image was released with a statement which said: "Banksy has produced this fine commemorative souvenir poster."
The piece, clearly inspired by the two riots in the Cheltenham Road area last month, is to go on sale this weekend: copies will be sold for £5 at the Bristol Anarchist Bookfair on Saturday.

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Tagger vandalizes Little Tokyo Gold Line station

A tagger has vandalized the Little Tokyo Gold Line station across from the "Art in the Streets" exhibit at the Geffen Contemporary museum.

Workers from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority quickly painted over the graffiti, which appeared over the last several days.

Dozens of tags, including monikers and larger "bombs" turned up on several commercial buildings behind 1st Street, as well as on dumpsters and light poles within a stone's throw of the museum's entrance.

The exhibition features paintings, mixed-media sculptures and interactive installations by 50 artists, emphasizing Los Angeles' "role in the evolution of graffiti and street art, with special sections dedicated to seminal local movements, such as cholo graffiti and Dogtown skateboard culture."

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