Just back from the kickoff event/talk at Soho House where Fab 5 Freddy (aka Fred Brathwaite), Lee Quinones, Shepard Fairey and Jeffrey Deitch held a very in-depth 2 hour talk. Sadly no pics were allowed, but if this was a taste of the story telling to come during many of the planned special talks throughout the exhibitions run, then there is much to look forward to. The stories shared by Fab 5 Freddy and Lee were just so inspiring to hear. Shepard was there with fresh black paint still on his hands due to having just finished up the above piece over on Alameda (just around the corner from where DABS MYLA were finishing up their collaborative work with HOW and NOSM). Shepard’s new piece ‘Legislative Influence For Sale’ is part of the ongoing and ever growing LA Freewalls Project being put together by Jet Set Graffiti and aims to shed light on the fact that our current financial situation is not by any means entirely the fault of Obama but stems from the era of Reagan. The piece is timed to coincide with the big ‘Art In The Streets’ exhibit at MOCA opening this Sat. Look for two add’l new murals to pop up around downtown over the course of the next few days from Shepard and his crew, with one other planned to focus on the evil that was Reaganomics (Google it kids!).
View some add’l shots of the piece coming to life here:
‘Art In The Streets’
MOCA Member’s Preview Party: Saturday, April 16th 7-10PM ($25 admission / free to museum members)
Featuring special performances from Busy Bee, Cold Crush Brothers featuring Grandmaster Caz, and Killafornia
View a complete list of artists here.
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue in Los Angeles