Monthly Mural Wrap: A Dozen Tags for October 2012 | KCET
Monthly Mural Wrap: A Dozen Tags for October 2012
In this edition of the Monthly Mural Wrap at Writing on the Wall, we look at the notable mural and public art stories for the month of October. It's a look that reveals the street art as a business model, along with other random finds.
- The National Basketball Association adds more street cred-like branding with "Art Of Basketball," a collaboration with Public Works Department, reports ESPN.com. "Our passion is graffiti, street art and the urban landscape, and then coupled with sports and fashion," said PWD curator Billi Kid to ESPN. "For the last two years, we've been focusing on 'Art of Basketball' because we feel there's so much meat on that bone." The project made its debut at Miami at Art Basel, and its first NBA audience was at Staples Center during the 2011 All-Star Game. The best angle: the backboards are used as "the canvas."
- With politics being the best fertilizer for satirical content, LAist asked readers to send in photos of street art responding to the presidential election. It was a good crop this year. No one was safe from the spray and wheat-paste commentary.
MOCA's "Art In The Streets" now inspires a series. See video below.
- Curators Jose Lozano and Armando Duron were detained and questioned by KCET Artbound on an exhibition of Chicano Art with 40 years of politically charged content.
- It was a random mural at Solutions Audio in Silver Lake. Then Elliott Smith was photographed in front of it and the image became the cover art for "Figure 8." Smith died in 2003, and fans have made the wall an homage to the musician. The mural keeps getting tagged. Indie music fans keep restoring it. This is one mural we may not have to worry about; It's in good hands.
- Another version of street art: University of Redlands in San Bernardino County has an 18 feet by 23 foot mural fronting their administration building.