Street art exhibition prompts praise and concern

AP News
Posted: Apr 29, 2011 8:59 PM
Street art exhibition prompts praise and concern

It's art from the streets that's been moved into the museum, and the neighborhood wishes it would stay there.

While critics praise the new show at the Museum of Contemporary Art's Little Tokyo campus as stunning and near-overwhelming, people in the neighborhood have complained of ugly graffiti appearing on their walls. Police suspect at least one of the artists represented in the museum is responsible for some of the work outside.

The artists themselves have squabbled over who got in and who didn't and why one prominent artist's commissioned work was painted over before the show opened. The brouhaha only illustrates, says one of the artists in the show, that whether you put it in the museum or on the side of a building, art turns everybody into a critic.