The Wide, Wide World of Graffiti
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Cave men drew on the walls. Romans marked up the buildings in conquered countries. Christians defaced ancient Egyptian Temples. Flash forward to modern Los Angeles, where graffiti has been both a plague and an art form, depending on your point of view. On Reporter’s Notebook, the legacy of the late Ingmar Bergman.
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Graffiti in Los Angeles: Art, Vandalism or Both? ()
Graffiti writers have teachers, codes of conduct and ethical standards. Not all of them are involved with gangs. Considered to be public art and beloved by commuters, LA freeways are decorated with murals by commissioned painters. The California Department of Transportation has spent almost $2 Million dollars in the past two years restoring murals defaced by graffiti.
- Dan Freeman: Maintenance Deputy for California Department of Transportation’s District 7
- Steve Grody: Author of 'Graffiti L.A.: Street Styles and Art'
- kofie: Graffiti writer now working in the Fine Arts
Legendary Director Ingmar Bergman Dies ()
The three directors said to have dominated the world of film in the second half of the 20th century are Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa and Ingmar Bergman. From Smiles of a Summer Night to Cries and Whispers to The Seventh Seal, says an obituary on today’s New York Times website, “Bergman dealt with pain and torment, desire and religion, evil and love.” Ingmar Bergman died today at the age of 89.
- Peter Rainer: President of the National Society of Film Critics
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