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Jeffrey Deitch says street art is the most important art movement since Pop Art, and has housed a pick of the best in a huge show at MOCA. When is a tag an artwork? Can illegal street art retain its impact on the walls of a museum? What about the street artists who have been left out? Hear from Jeffrey Deitch, Lee Quinones, Fab 5 Freddy, Shepard Fairey and Chaz Bojorquez. Also, Fabian Debora, Alison Camacho, Enrico Bressan and Tahmineh Javanbakht talk about a tote bag collaboration between Artecnica and Homeboy Industries that aims to give a voice to the graffiti work of ex-gang members.

 

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Cholo graffiti artist Chaz Bojorquez paints his signature skull on MOCA's wall
Photo: Greg Bojorquez

 

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Handpainted signs by Steve Powers, Barry McGee, Todd James and Alexis Ross cover the "Street Market" installation

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Kenny Scharf's "Cosmic Cavern" features neon-painted found objects under a black light

 

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A hand-painted Mercedes by Keith Haring

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A skate ramp designed by pro skater Lance Mountain and artist Geoff McFetridge uses iconography that's widely considered to be the first "tag": a naval inspector's mark of approval that said "Kilroy was here"

 

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The exhibition features many homages to graffiti culture, like these animatronic taggers

 

Photos by Alissa Walker

Guest Interview Does Graffiti Belong in a Gallery?

Guests:
Roger Gastman, Author and curator
Fab 5 Freddy, Artist
Lee Quinones, Artist
Jeffrey Deitch, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art
Shepard Fairey, Graphic designer and street artist
Chaz Bojorquez, Artist
Alison Camacho, Associate Director of Development, Homeboy Industries
Fabian Debora, Artist; Substance Abuse Counsellor, Homeboy Industries
Tahmineh Javanbakht, Designer and Co-founder, Artecnica
Enrico Bressan, Designer and Co-founder, Artecnica

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