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John Baldessari: Thoughts on street art and graffiti [Video]

October 11, 2011 | 12:15 pm

  Artinthestreets

Last week, artist John Baldessari joined Times art critic Christopher Knight for a public talk at the Hammer Museum. At one point, the conversation turned to street art and graffiti, and their place in the overall cultural hierarchy.

Baldessari discussed the recent exhibition "Art in the Streets" at the Museum of Contemporary Art. "It brought people into the museum who had never been there before, at a very young age level," he said. "And they all had cameras."

He continued: "Some good artists have come out of it. Once it gets into a museum, it becomes something else. I think street art is basically anarchic."

In our final clip from last week's conversation, Baldessari talks about the culture of street art and its complicated relationship to the museum world.

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-- David Ng

Photo: Chaz Bojorquez running in a backstreet near Whittier Blvd. in East L.A., in 1974, in this detail of a photo by Gusmano Cesaretti. Credit: Gusmano Cesaretti / MOCA

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