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July 23, 2012 | By Chris Barton
With the Olympics only a matter of days away, competitors of another sort have begun making their presence known around England: street artists. While the athletes begin settling into their temporary homes at London's Olympic Park, a variety of artists have been tweaking the games from various angles, including one piece by Criminal Chalkist that first appeared last year in Bristol and is now making its way to London shops as well as ...
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April 21, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
On this warm Easter Sunday morning, New York street artist Jason Shelowitz (a.k.a. Jay Shells) is on the streets of Inglewood. He pulls over his rented silver Chevy at the bustling intersection of Imperial Highway and Western Avenue, hip-hop prattling on the car stereo. Then he grabs a step ladder from the back seat, adjusts his black “Rap” baseball cap and races across three lanes on foot. Now on the traffic island, cars whizzing by on both sides, he eyeballs a pole sporting a “One Way” street sign.
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June 25, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
Just in time for the summer tourist throngs, mimes, musicians and balloon-animal shapers have been newly empowered to bring their entertainments and tip jars to public parks. In a ruling with potentially wide implications for street artists throughout the West, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday struck down curbs imposed by Seattle on those performing at the popular Seattle Center, home of the landmark Space Needle.
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February 15, 2014 | By Hugh Hart
Growing up in a working-class London suburb beset by dull classes and endless winters, Dean Stockton often escaped into a dream vision of California fueled in equal measure by "Back to the Future" and the skateboard bible Thrasher magazine. "When I was 12 or 13," he recalls, "I watched this guy in 'Back to the Future' holding onto the back of a car skateboarding down beautiful-looking streets in the sunshine and I was like: 'That's where I need to be!'" Decades later, Stockton, who signs his work as "D*Face," finally made it to Southern California, bringing with him a cheeky anything-is-fair-game aesthetic.
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December 11, 2012 | By Shannon Cosgrove
Best known for its murals and installations on the streets of Los Angeles, the local art collective Cyrcle is transforming a Hollywood gallery into an interactive "hive" - a project that member David Leavitt said is "somewhere between a play, an art show and a video game arcade. " "Organized Chaos!," Cyrcle's second solo gallery show, is designed to work somewhat like pollination: The artists created cubes covered with parts of an image. Patrons are encouraged to take the cubes from a crate and place them into a frame to create their own work.
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September 29, 2000 | CAROL CHAMBERS
Ten years ago, Julie Kirk was headed down a completely different path from the one that will leave her kneeling in the street in Valencia next weekend. The mother of five was following in her father's footsteps toward a career in computer science when she was bitten by the drawing bug. "I took my first drawing class when I was 26 and that was it," Kirk said. "I knew that was what I wanted to do with my life even if I never made a dime."
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November 20, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
Filmmakers Z.S. Grant and John Carr have spent the better part of the past year ricocheting around the country, capturing the stories of politically minded street artists for their documentary series, "Voice of Art. " Their eight-episode Web series - currently airing on rapper Pharrell Williams' YouTube channel, i am OTHER - is as cutting edge and iconoclastic as the neon bright cast of characters featured in it. Each 34-minute episode is...
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August 29, 1991 | SHAWN DOHERTY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Anything goes at City Hall--remember the time a fellow lugged in a leaf blower to demonstrate to members of the distinguished council just how noisy the darn things are? But even veterans of that meeting of the Los Angeles City Council were tickled this week when Harry Perry and a dozen other characters from the Venice Boardwalk showed up with balloons, guitars, and handwritten speeches.
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July 7, 1992 | JOHN H. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ask the balloon sculptor, the country-Western gospel music singer, the painted man who temporarily tattoos young faces, and the artist with leather brushes whether Balboa Park is drawing the crowds it did in summers past, and they will say no. They say that more-stringent regulations on park entertainment in recent years have driven away many street artists. And the crowds are leaving with the talent, they say.
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September 2, 1991 | ADOLFO V. NODAL, Adolfo Nodal, general manager of the L.A. Cultural Affairs Department, will host a Sept. 14 conference on graffiti and street art. and
Your coverage of the Street Art Program of the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department (Calendar, Aug. 23) has caused me to consider our approach to youth, murals, graffiti and public art issues and art education. Without doubt, Los Angeles' No.
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December 6, 2013 | By Mike Boehm
Banksy has proved bankable in Beverly Hills. The mysterious British street artist's "Flower Girl" mural, which he stenciled onto the wall of a Los Angeles gas station in 2008, was sold for $209,000 Thursday evening at Julien's Auctions, where it was the highlight of a sale of nearly 100 works by 33 street artists. The gavel price was $170,000 for the 9-by-8-foot, nearly 4-ton rectangular slab of white brick with black spray paint. The mural, which came with a customary additional "buyer's premium" to yield the final total, shows a little girl holding a flower basket under the eye of a surveillance camera planted atop a tall, leafy stalk.  PHOTOS: Art by Banksy With about 150 people gathered in the auction room, bids rolled in by phone and online.
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October 31, 2013 | By David Ng
Banksy officially bade farewell to New York on Thursday after spending the month of October in the city creating random street art at public sites in all five boroughs. The anonymous British artist posted a message on his official website Thursday: "And that's it. Thanks for your patience. It's been fun. Save 5pointz. Bye. " The artist's mention of "5pointz" refers to the street-art and graffiti exhibition space in Long Island City that has been threatened with demolition. Banksy's most recent purported creation in New York is an inflatable throw-up piece spelling out "Banksy!"
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August 6, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The Los Angeles City Council is set to consider an emergency measure Tuesday to install temporary traffic barriers at various locations along the Venice Boardwalk, the latest response to the hit-and-run crash Saturday that left one person dead and 16 injured. The council is set to instruct the city's police, street, transportation and park agencies to place the temporary barriers at the boardwalk's “most hazardous intersections” until a permanent solution for keeping cars away from pedestrians is found.
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July 5, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The competitive, often territorial world of street art has long been male-dominated. Increasingly, however, women artists are adding a distinct sensibility to the street art scene that, in Los Angeles and other cities, includes yarn bombing (or graffiti knitting) and sculptural installations as well as traditional murals. At Daniel Lahoda's downtown LALA Gallery, original paintings, prints and sculptures by more than a dozen women street artists are the focus of a new exhibition opening Aug. 9. Some participants are internationally known, such as Tokyo native Lady Aiko, now living in Brooklyn, and New York-based Swoon, who was part of MOCA's 2011 "Art in the Streets" show.
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July 5, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Fresh paint on the cement wall of an industrial warehouse space across from Handsome Coffee Roasters reveals two sides of Los Angeles' downtown Arts District. Graffiti tags cover one half of the wall; the other has just been coated with glossy red paint and towering gold letters: RISKR … with more letters to come. On a rickety green ladder, wearing his sponsor's blue Osiris sneakers, the artist RISK dispenses another elaborate swoosh of gold paint with his spray can. Once a street tagger, RISK, born Kelly Graval, was one of five L.A. graffiti artists featured in MOCA's 2011 "Art in the Streets" show and has fans all over the world.
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July 4, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
When Hollywood and street artists try to work together, the road can be bumpy. To promote the upcoming movie "Fruitvale Station," about the 2009 fatal shooting of Oakland's Oscar Grant, the Weinstein Co. commissioned three murals in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco to be painted by well-known street artists Ron English, Lydia Emily and LNY. But logistical issues and creative conflicts between some of the artists and the studio have led...
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July 9, 1992 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wacky Idea No. 1: Fill a city park with blank walls built specifically to attract graffiti. Wacky Idea No. 2: Get big corporations such as Nike, Nestle and Reebok to not only pay for construction of the graffiti walls, but also for the cans of spray paint that street artists would use to cover them. Well, in Los Angeles, wacky rarely means bad. More often it means: How can I buy the screen rights?
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July 4, 2001 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He calls himself "the world's fastest painter." So no wonder Adam Geld didn't waste any time when police painted him into a corner in Hollywood. Geld was whipping out one of his finished-in-four-minutes acrylic scenes when Los Angeles police officers made their own scene--arresting him for blocking the Hollywood Boulevard sidewalk and handcuffing him on the spot. Run-ins with police had been common for Geld.
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May 12, 2013 | By Hugh Hart
Some 120 years after Toulouse-Lautrec's Moulin Rouge posters surfaced on the lamp posts and kiosks of Paris, street artists reinvigorated by the antique charms of gluepot and paper are dipping into buckets of mix-it-yourself wheat paste to plaster supersized graphics on urban surfaces around the world. The international paste-up revival, documented in "It's a Stick-Up" (Laurence King), features "wheaties" from San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Paris, Beijing, Brooklyn, Turin, Italy, and São Paulo, Brazil.
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April 4, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
The street artist known as the “Russian Banksy,” Pasha P183, has been found dead in Moscow, according to reports. He was 29. Teatralnoye Delo theatrical production company, which had commissioned the artist to create a mural for its production "Todd,” said he died Monday, the Associated Press reported. Teatralnoye Delo did not release further information. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times Pasha P183 was known for leaving artistic installations and politically fueled murals across Moscow, including riot police painted on subway doors and a masked protester holding a flare that caught fire.
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