Sunday, April 24, 2011

'Space Invader' detained ! Legendary street artist in L.A. vandalism case | Los Angeles Times

Street artist 'Space Invader' believed detained in L.A. vandalism case | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times:
"The Los Angeles Police Department believes one of two French nationals detained on suspicion of vandalism near MOCA's Little Tokyo gallery was the famed street artist known as 'Space Invader.'

The pair were detained Friday after authorities reportedly caught them with buckets of grout and pieces of tile near the historic Perez building in Little Tokyo."

Officials believe the pair were in L.A. for MOCA's "Art in the Streets," billed as the first major U.S. museum survey exhibition on graffiti and street art.

The exhibition traces the development of graffiti and street art from the 1970s "to the global movement, concentrating on key cities such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and São Paulo, Brazil, where a unique visual language or attitude has evolved," the MOCA website says. The show has caused some debate about the line between art and vandalism.

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