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12.23.10 Bucky Turco

The fallout from Jeffrey Deich’s censorship of Blu’s mural still hasn’t settled and Brave New Films’ Robert Greenwald best explains why the MoCA director’s decision to buff the wall is more dishonorable to vets than the anti-war artwork. […]

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12.20.10 Bucky Turco

Whitewashing censorship controversy aside, Blu has been paid “directly” by Jeffrey Deitch and not by the museum. Still no word from the Wooster Collective, despite their promise! […]

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12.17.10 Marina Galperina

In a letter to famed graffiti photographer Henry Chalfant (below), Blu gives the most complete commentary on MOCA whitewashing his mural. Deitch never asked for a sketch. On the 6th day of painting Blu was just drawing the dollar bills when Deitch decided the mural was offensive. Blu stopped. Deitch asked for a different mural. […]

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Marina Galperina

The artist group iGreen – “Artists in solidarity with People of Iran” – sent Jeffrey Deitch a letter earlier this week “strongly condemning” the whitewashing of Blu’s mural, adding that “Such blatant censorship is unconscionable.” The latest: this eye-catching piece in Los Angeles of the Supreme {ARTS} Leader, dubbed by iGreen as “Ayatollah Deitch.” Granted, […]

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12.16.10 Marina Galperina

Blu updated his website to clarify that Deitch affiliates and supporters can keep on calling the buffing of his mural a “curatorial choice” all they like, it’s still an act of censorship. Blu also restates what he told ANIMAL: the mural was not finished when photographed and promptly destroyed. […]

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12.15.10 Marina Galperina

Shepard Fairey responded to MoCA buffing Blu’s mural by defending Jeffrey Deitch’s decision. In a statement to the LA Times, he seems to agree it was censorship, but thinks avoiding the possibility of controversy is better than “fighting,” lest his opening be jeopardized or his art business associate dishonored. […]

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12.14.10 Bucky Turco

How does a website with the word “vandal” in its URL defend censorship? Like this. Museum director and street art profiteer Jeffrey Deitch said it was his decision to buff Blu’s MoCA mural — coffins wrapped in dollar bills — because of its potential offensiveness. So why would Vandalog defend MoCA’s censorship so enthusiastically? Their […]

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12.13.10 Marina Galperina

When Blu painted a mural for MoCA last week, only to have it buffed by the museum less than 24-hours later, we were mystified. ANIMAL contacted Blu, who told us that the mural was actually not finished when MoCA decided to buff it. Read the artist’s response below. […]

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11.11.10 Marina Galperina

To complement his Street Art and Graffiti MoCA Extravaganza coming in April 2011, gone-west curator/critic Jeffrey Deitch is releasing a new book – Art in the Streets. It will feature a long chronology of graffiti and street art that his sort have figured out how to sell, from Jean-Michel Basquiat on, but do we really need […]

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09.17.10 Marina Galperina

Jeffrey Deitch’s not wasting any time pumping up MoCA’s rep. In 2011, he’ll be rolling out the Art in the Streets retrospective with 100+ artists (Basquiat, Space Invader, Banksy, Mister Cartoon…) with 25 with installations and murals. […]

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