Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art recently made a curious move to whitewash a mural painted by internationally known street artist BLU. The mural was originally commissioned by MOCA for their upcoming “Art in the Streets” exhibit. The wall faces the Veterans Administration healthcare building on Temple Street in Downtown Los Angeles. Was the series of giant coffins wrapped in dollar bills too politically incorrect? Did the truth hit too close to home? Is an anti-war mural or a presentation of the dollar’s demise too controversial for a contemporary art exhibit seeking a criminal edge or outlaw vibe? Or do central bankers and the military-industrial complex provide more of a criminal vibe and outlaw edge?
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