Writing on the Wall

A Mural Chat with an 'Urban Legend'

James Prigoff is the prolific author, photographer, and lecturer on murals, considered one of the major forces in giving dignity and credibility to an art form that once was considered to be vandalism.

About the Author

Ed Fuentes is an arts journalist, photographer, graphic designer, and digital muralist who covers a variety of topics and geographies in Southern California for KCET.
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A new exhibition in Pasadena surveys the career of Alfredo Ramos Martínez, who has been cited as the father of Mexican modernism.
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Monthly Mural Wrap: A Dozen Tags for December, 2013

December ended with over 20,000 Angelenos gathering in Grand Park for a New Year's Eve celebration, helping end a busy month -- and year -- for public art in L.A.
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Isabel Rojas-Williams Guides L.A.'s Mural Tradition

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Since the initial introduction of the term "street art" in 1985, there have been hundreds of publications that address this art form, from picture books to academic accounts. The f ...
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Monthly Mural Wrap: A Dozen Tags for November, 2013

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Word and Images from the Folk Art of Inland Cities

Word and Images from the Folk Art of Inland Cities

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