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Monday, March 17, 2014

click image STOP TELLING WOMEN TO SMILE
  • Stop Telling Women to Smile
Near the corner of Fifth and Main Street in downtown Los Angeles, a hip-hop videographer stands amid the Art Walk crowd Thursday and contemplates a dozen black-and-white sketches of women. Outraged women. 

The messages below their faces intrigue him.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

FILE PHOTO OF A BANKSY WALL PIECE BY JULIEN'S AUCTIONS
  • File photo of a Banksy wall piece by Julien's Auctions
It wouldn't have been the first time someone tried to chisel a valuable Banksy piece from a wall.

See also: Banksy Mural Ripped From L.A. Gas Station Could Be Worth $300K

But in the case of Christopher Sensabaugh, a 30-year-old from Los Angeles, the alleged take-down amounted to "attempted theft and criminal damage to property," according to a New Orleans police statement sent to the Weekly.

Here's the deal:

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

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Statue of Oscar Shooting Heroin Hits Melrose (PHOTOS)

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Mon, Mar 3, 2014 at 2:51 PM
COURTESY PLASTIC JESUS
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The controversial artwork that looks like an Academy Awards Oscar statue shooting heroin made its way to Melrose Avenue as the big event was taking place yesterday, the artist, Plastic Jesus, told us.

The appearance on Melrose outside Urban Outfitters attracted a good number of passersby and tourists who wanted to take selfies with the piece, though not quite as many as the number of folks outside the Oscars' red carpet, the artist said.

See also: Oscar Statue Shooting Heroin Inspired by Philip Seymour Hoffman (PHOTOS)

This time there was no interference, either:

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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Iconic Chain Reaction Sculpture Likely Saved by Cash

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Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 7:02 AM
Supporters, including son David Conrad and local character Jerry Peace Activist Rubin, have been for the last few years trying to save a Santa Monica sculpture by late, three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Paul Conrad.

The city of Santa Monica in 2011 began to explore decommissioning the rusting, 26-foot tall monument to disarmament known as "Chain Reaction." Concerns about children and others getting hurt by climbing on it also prompted the city to fence off the work of art near Santa Monica Civic Center.

Now supporters say they just might have the cash to save "Chain Reaction:"

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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Glassell Park's 'Glassellland' Sign to Return to the Hills

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Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 7:03 AM
COURTESY @JUSTINCONSTRUCT
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A sign marking Glassell Park as "Glassellland," a homage to the Hollywood sign and its origin as Hollywoodland, could be making a return this spring.

The original version of the 8-foot-tall sign caused a stir nearly a year ago when it first appeared on a Glassell Park hillside. It was moved and then taken down in fall.

The new version promises to be bigger and better, and we found out why:

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

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Robbie Conal Street Art Celebrates Mandela's Life (VIDEO)

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Fri, Dec 13, 2013 at 9:03 AM
COURTESY ROBBIE CONAL.
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People on the streets of Capetown and Los Angeles will soon be looking at the same posters created to honor the memory of Nelson Mandela.

This week 4,800 copies of the tribute by L.A. street-art laureate Robbie Conal were headed to a township outside the South African city, he said.

See also: Nelson Mandela Helped Spark Obama's Political Career -- Right Here in L.A.

Wednesday night volunteers were busy putting up more of the posters in L.A., too, despite warnings from the LAPD not to do so:

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Mear One mural gracing the Wood Cafe at Washington Blvd. and Inglewood, in Culver City - STEPHANIE LOO
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  • The Mear One mural gracing the Wood Cafe at Washington Blvd. and Inglewood, in Culver City

The Wood Café in Culver City makes a great organic burger, but the restaurant's biggest draw might be the graffiti in the parking lot. If you've stopped at the corner of Inglewood and Washington in the past year, you know what we're talking about: On the side of the 15-foot wall is an eerie, technicolor mural from Mear One, one of the most famous street artists in Los Angeles.

Popularly known as the "Michelangelo of Graffiti," Mear One runs with renowned street artists like Shepard Fairey and Robbie Canal. At the request of the restaurant's owner, Demetrios Mavromichalis, the artist showed up with his pet bulldog in tow and started sketching freehand with his spray can.

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

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Banksy L.A. Mural 'Flower Girl 'Fetches $209,000 (PHOTO)

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Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 12:59 PM
'FLOWER GIRL' BY BANKSY VIA JULIEN'S AUCTIONS.
  • 'Flower Girl' by Banksy via Julien's Auctions.

A Banksy mural chiseled from the wall of an L.A. gas station was widely believed to be worth $300,000 or so.

See also: Banksy Mural Ripped From L.A. Gas Station Could Be Worth $300K.

But when it went up for auction last week the winning bid was $209,000, a spokeswoman for Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills told us today.

The news comes amidst sightings of a possible Banksy piece in Downtown L.A:

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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Is the Autry's Management of Southwest Museum Screwing L.A. Taxpayers?

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Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 5:30 AM

A community coalition protested at The Southwest Museum Tuesday, drawing attention to a years-old preservation effort that spent millions of taxpayer dollars, but appears to have produced little gain.

See also: L.A.'s First Museum to Close, Boosters Say

Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition expressed outrage over roughly $10.5 million spent by FEMA and the state of California, culminating last month in the museum's reopening. Yet excited patrons found inside just one exhibit in one gallery -- open one day per week. This, in a facility that owns a trove of 240,000 Native American artifacts.

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

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Eric Garcetti Is a Banksy Fan But Would Prosecute Him Anyway

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Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 11:29 AM
"Caution" by Banksy, Boyle Heights, 2011 - PHOTO BY TED SOQUI
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  • "Caution" by Banksy, Boyle Heights, 2011

Banksy has been in residency in New York for the last few weeks, which has irked billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg. At a press conference last week, Bloomberg said that defacing property "is not my definition of art. Or it may be art, but it should not be permitted."


Banksy has often worked in Los Angeles. He was featured in a MOCA show on street art, and he may or may not be coming back to L.A. Unlike New York, L.A. has a hipster mayor. So would Eric Garcetti be any more welcoming of the British street-art icon?

Yes and no.

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