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Viva la Revolución // Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

July 18, 2010
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Viva la Revolucion: A Dialogue with the Urban Landscape is the latest exhibition from The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

A multifaceted exhibition that explores the dialogue between artists and the urban landscape, Viva la Revolución features works both in the Museum’s galleries as well as at public sites throughout downtown San Diego.

Artists include Akay (Sweden), Banksy (U.K.), Blu (Italy), FAILE (U.S.), Shepard Fairey (U.S.), Invader (France), JR (France), Os Gemeos (Brazil), Swoon (U.S.), and Vhils (Portugal).

The show will run from July 18, 2010 until January 2, 2011 at MCASD Downtown, Jacobs Building. Now I really miss San Diego.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 18, 2010 12:50 pm

    It looks and sounds amazing!

  2. sand permalink
    July 19, 2010 8:06 am

    I actually went to the show preview last night and was expecting a real transformative event for contemporary art in the US or the world. Instead, I realized that the scene is what is the motive here
    and not the actual practice of art making. No, instead of visual culture dominating the consciousness
    of the viewer or the museum we are bombarded with light weight graphic design work minus the advertising logo. It seems hipster culture is superficially invested in creating streamline products that can sell fast and also unfortunately expire in depth just as fast. “Artists” like Shepard Fairey seem to be the darlings of today as much as Kenny Scharf was in the 1980s. Mediocrity never holds up in history nor did Kenny Scharfs work or Fairey’s graphic design appropriation of other artists work.

    VIva La Revolucion isn’t a bad concept nor is it a bad show. It simply had many works and artists that fit the category of the “emperors new clothes.” Artists who rely more on their used car sales man approach and the hype they fill the air with amounts to very little. Many of the elaborate works in the show fall flat because they are out of their element. In a museum they seem like cereal box art rather than anything a “revolucion” would propose.

    Other notable artists were Dr. Lakra with a great rendering of his fantasies adding up to White girl fetishes and stereotyped Black people as cannibals. Someone should have explained to the Doctor that there is no such thing as cannibals but then they are his distorted fantasy and we San Diego taxpayers have to pay for these racist fantasies?

    I also could not tell the difference between Dzine and Ryan McGinness work. They have both in the past done paintings that look so similar and completely separate of anything to do with urban or graffiti that it makes one wonder why they were even invited to participate in this show.

    Dzine’s work comes off pretentious and tired. His attempt to make iconic low rider assemblages ends up looking like a Gap Add prop minus the commercial. McGinness fares less due to the fact that all his paintings are the same thing, collage of objects, with different colors. Great art for a hotel lobby or an office building but nothing revolutionary here, no transgressive statements here, no civil disobedience in this show. Just a lot of of the same ole bullocks!

  3. July 19, 2010 10:58 am

    Wow! Thank you for the very thorough review. Although I’m a avid street art follower, I never really felt that it should belong in a museum. So it’s interesting to see your opinion on such a show. The idea is great, but in my opinion, you can’t just group a bunch of street art together and create a show. There definitely has to be some kind of theme around it which is a bit deeper than “artists and the urban landscape.”

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