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Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:41 AM
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L.A. museum whitewashes commissioned mural: Across from VA, caskets draped in dollar bills
 
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It seemed a novel idea: In advance of its recently announced April 2011 show on street art, the Museum of Contemporary Art offered one of its walls to a prominent street artist.

The artist, an Italian who goes by the name Blu, finished the work. This morning, the museum painted over it.

The paint was hardly dry on the mural, which covered the entire north-facing wall of MOCA's Geffen Contemporary with depictions of wooden caskets draped in dollar bills, when the museum literally whitewashed the piece.

A MOCA spokeswoman would not comment on the whitewashing, but the piece may have struck a delicate nerve center that sits just steps from the wall. The piece faces the Veterans Administration healthcare building on Temple Street. The dollar bills draped on Blu's caskets seem to be an overt replacement of the customary American flags that cover the coffins of soldiers killed in wartime.
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pipoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 12:47 AM
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1. Good
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denbot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:20 AM
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2. Truth..
People in uniform are treated like a commodity to be spent when it profits companies like Halliburton.
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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:23 AM
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3. If only he had painted one of those nice modern pictures you see in banks.
Not.
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timefortherevolution Donating Member (321 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 09:17 AM
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6. Too funny! That mural is incredibly POWERFUL. Of course it was painted over.
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OutNow Donating Member (538 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:21 AM
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4. Rivera - Presente!
Man at the Crossroads - google it
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gadjitfreek Donating Member (300 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 05:37 AM
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5. SEEM to???
No seem about it. There's a reason the artist chose the one dollar denomination for the drapery...we sell our children cheap for MIC corporate profits.
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