Capitalizing on MoCA Controversy, LA Weekly Commissions Graffiti for Their Own Building, Brooklyn Already Preparing for Street Art Surge Next Year
Last week we reported on the ongoing controversy over Los Angeles’ MoCA‘s Art in the Streets street art exhibition, which has seemed to spawn in influx of graffiti in the area surrounding the museum and caught the ire of local officials. Capitalizing on the all-star lineup of street art talent in town for the exhibition, and to paint the totality of Los Angeles’ walls, and likely to help increase their own street cred, LA Weekly commissioned British street artist Ben Flynn, more commonly known as Eine, to tag their building up in his familiar type-based style. Hoisted up by a cherry picker, he stenciled and sprayed a crossword-looking pattern of various words and phrases across one whole side of the building. Here’s an interview the Weekly did with him after it was complete and a very complete slideshow of the work in progress.
Elsewhere, very quickly, the MoCA exhibition, as you might be aware, was co-curated by the Brooklyn Museum, which will be Art in the Streets‘ next stop come next year, starting at the end of March 2012. Apparently New York is already bracing itself for the same sort of influx of new, outside-the-museum street art, as judged by this wonderfully titled and very angry editorial by the NY Daily News, “Plan to Bring Exhibition Glorifying Graffiti Vandalism to the Brooklyn Museum Should Be Tagged ‘No Way’.”