23 April 2011



"Eddie Colla says his billboard takeover is a response to a Huffington Post article last week where a finger wagging tone was on display toward current street artists, “MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch pegs it on the ‘young’ and ‘anarchic,’ and is quoted giving this message to illegal taggers: ‘If you harness your talent you can be in a museum some day, make a contribution and a living from it.’ ”"


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But now, the L.A. Times's Mike Boehm has opened up a new front on the controversial exhibition, with an article questioning whether one of the show's two associate curators, Roger Gastman, might have commercial motives that constitute a conflict of interest. In essence, Boehm asks whether "Art in the Streets" is "Skin Fruit 2.0," referring to the 2010 Jeff Koons's-curated show at the New Museum, which will forever be remembered for controversially ceding curatorial power to millionaire collector Dakis Joannou and bringing questions of cui bono into the center of the art-world discussion. The MOCA situation is as follows: Gastman is indisputably one of the preeminent experts on street art and graffiti, having, among other things, just co-authored a "History of American Graffiti" with Caleb Neelon. However, he also has vested commercial interests through his "boutique media agency" R. Rock Enterprises, which brokers deals between street artists and corporations looking to be associated with them, offering advertisers a way to "legitimize your brand and expand your market by reaching out to an artist's fan base," as its Web site states.


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