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Keith Haring
MOCA's 'Art in the Streets' gets the big picture wrong
MOCA's 'Art in the Streets' gets the big picture wrong

Is graffiti the most influential art movement since Pop burst on the scene in 1962? That's the head-turning claim made by "Art in the Streets," a controversial exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The show has been drawing the ire of social critics, alarmed by what they perceive as an institutional celebration of vandalism, all while drawing curious crowds (often young) to the museum's Little Tokyo warehouse space. Graffiti is identified as a global artistic phenomenon that is thriving 40 years after it first emerged as a cultural marker around 1971. The answer to the question depends not on moralizing interpretations, however, as the social critics want....

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