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CONFUSION: “ART-NOT-ART” STREET ART

A funny thing about “art.” Sometimes the happiest of aesthetic accidents happen as a consequence of totally non-artistic impulses.

Take as prima facie example the case of the roller-shutter pictured above. It’s on a warehouse-factory building in the rapidly gentrifying Downtown Los Angeles neighborhood dubbed the Arts District. It’s a beautiful building, a grand structure standing as testament to L.A.’s glorious former industrial past.

The building — and specifically the roller-shutter — has also been the canvas for many a graffiti tagger or street artist. The owners of the building have painted over graffiti on the roller-shutter several times in a Sisyphean effort to stamp out Krylon spraypaint-wielding vandals.

But guess what happened?

They accidentally created a Mark Rothko painting!!! Well, let’s just say “Rothko-esque.” Yes, a post-modern abstract masterpiece has emerged by total fucking accident!

The current “artwork” will be there until the next layer of graffiti lands on it and it gets covered yet again or until real estate developers or investors snap it up and pay for around-the-clock security presence. In the meantime, it’s available in its current state for film production, as the sign reveals.

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: NEW MAYA HAYUK MURAL IN NYC COMPLETED

Aaaaaaaaaaand … it is done. As breathlessly reported here earlier artist Maya Hayuk had started work on a new mural in New York City and had posted a photo of the work in progress.

We just learned that her new mural has now been completed and the artist has posted a photo (below) of the new artwork on her socials.  

The precise location of Maya’s new mural was a bit of a mystery, but we can now confirm that it is in a space at the new Google Flatiron pop-up at 5th Avenue and 16th Street in NYC’s Flatiron neighborhood.

Ok. That is all. Now back to your regularly scheduled weekend.

“Infinity Nets” by Yayoi Kusama at Frieze NY

Yayoi Kusama is one of Japan’s foremost modern and contemporary artists, and it’s been a treat to witness her re-emergence over the past 15 years and her evolution into a global art star whose minimalist creative vision has resonated with so many art fans, collectors, and curators worldwide. Pictured here is one of her abstract, monochromatic “Infinity Nets” paintings.

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