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"Who's burning America?" That's the question Los Angeles artist Charles Sherman has been longing to ask Southland residents for the past three months. But according to Sherman, a major corporation is trying to stop him. Sherman signed a contract in June with 3M National Advertising Co., a subsidiary of the Minnesota-based 3M Corp., to erect an anti-tobacco industry billboard at Crenshaw and Washington boulevards.
So many bad guys, so little time. Artist Robbie Conal has become something of a cult hero in these parts, masterminding droves of volunteers to blizzard the urban scene with his small posters of political personalities. These famous faces, limned with tense jaws, cruelly magnified facial lines and stiffly creamed and lacquered hair, have come to serve as a rogues' gallery of power brokers who have betrayed public trust.
August 18, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS
The company that ordered the removal Thursday of artist Robbie Conal's anti-censorship billboard in West Hollywood has reversed itself, and the massive 19-by-48-foot artwork was reinstalled on Friday. Conal, who was never contacted by the company during the controversy, said he saw the reversal as a victory over censorship. "It's quite gratifying to know that the billboard is going back up," Conal said.
August 17, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS
An anti-censorship artwork on a West Hollywood billboard by artist Robbie Conal was removed Wednesday by 3M National Advertising Co., which called it "too controversial." The 19-by-48-foot billboard, which superimposed a sardonic portrait of Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) on a painter's palette, had been on display one week. It depicted the senator, who has been at the center of a national controversy over federal funding of art, with a caption that read: "Artificial Art Official."
August 9, 1990 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN
In North Carolina, where Sen. Jesse Helms is running for re-election, you can see the conservative Republican's face on highway billboards everywhere. But now the outspoken critic of the National Endowment for the Arts is getting top billing in Los Angeles too, thanks to guerrilla artist Robbie Conal, who unveiled a bigger-than-life satirical portrait of Helms Wednesday morning on a billboard in West Hollywood.
August 6, 1989
At last someone in the mainstream press has written on the work of Hans Haacke ("Digging Dirt in the World of Museums," by Kristine McKenna, July 23). He is an inspiration and a hero to many artists, including me. When I lived in New York, I used to walk to the New Museum just to be reminded that after all the trend and trash, there was still Haacke. I hope that he nails the Jesse Helms, Orrin Hatches and Dick Armeys of this world before they are granted their wish to shut down any artist or agency that believes that censorship is repugnant.
July 29, 1989
Despite the fact he's a scofflaw who owes the City of Los Angeles $1,300 for illegally plastering his political posters on public and private property around town, The Times is making a folk hero out of Robbie Conal'Guerrilla Artist' Robbie Conal Strikes Again," by Nicole Atkinson, July 20). Why shouldn't young people ignore the law and desecrate property when the city's newspaper of record treats it lightly?
July 20, 1989 | NICOLE ATKINSON
Nine months after Robbie Conal was ordered by the City of Los Angeles to stop putting up his satirical posters on city property and pay $1,300 for their removal, posters by the self-described "guerrilla artist" have re-emerged plastered on walls from Malibu to downtown, virtually next door to City Hall. This time, Conal and his band of volunteers decided to use "guerrilla etiquette," in putting up the three posters, titled "Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll."
April 20, 1989 | KEVIN ALLMAN
When it started 10 years ago, the Venice Art Walk was just another fund-raiser. Participants paid for self-guided and docent tours of local artists' galleries and studios, and the proceeds benefited the nonprofit Venice Family Clinic. Last year, the one-day event netted $575,000 for the volunteer health facility. Art folks, clinic folks and lots and lots of press folks went to DC3, the hip new restaurant at the Santa Monica Airport, on Tuesday afternoon to learn more about the upcoming walk and to meet the people involved.
January 23, 1989 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, Times Staff Writer
'This kind of thing is way overdue. . . . There were 425 people killed (countywide) in gang-banging last year. If it keeps going, they won't have to worry about banging because there won't be nobody left.' --Ex-gang member John Hunter On the urban battlegrounds of South-Central Los Angeles, a plea for peace has appeared amid the graffiti of gang war. Posters put up last weekend by ex-gang members depict hands clasped in a handshake over a background divided into Crip blue and Blood red.
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