The Art of the Billboard

Readers of Christine Pelisek's ongoing coverage of the Billboard Wars know how difficult it is for communities of ordinary citizens to overcome the awesome economic firepower possessed by billboard companies -- companies that can seemingly turn around the votes of City Council Members with the tug of a string. Putting things somewhat in perspective, Culver City's Koplin del Rio Gallery offers Memory of the L.A. Billboard: Telepolis in the Archetype, a group exhibition capturing the blight, unintentional humor and, yes, occasional beauty of billboards. The show runs through July 3 and is well worth a look. (Pictured: Kenny Harris, "L.A. River with Billboard", 2009.)

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