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Graffiti Banned in Fine Art??
March 20, 2011, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Art, Graffiti, Politics, Ramblings | Tags: , , , , , , ,

From the LA Times (thanks MAC)…

“Graffiti Artist’s Past is Tagging Behind Him

Cristian Gheorghiu scrawled ragged images and his nickname, ‘Smear,’ on L.A.’s lampposts, walls and riverbeds. Now that his gallery career is taking off, an injunction is threatening to bar him from profiting from art bearing his telltale ‘tag.’

In 2007, Gheorghiu’s problems came to a head with his first adult felony arrest. Responding to Smear’s graffiti on buses, L.A. County sheriff’s deputies raided his home. A graffiti vandalism conviction resulted in a 40-month suspended prison sentence, three years’ probation and about $28,000 in restitution for scrawling on buses.

Gheorghiu remains on probation because he has paid off only about $5,000 of his fines.

He says he stopped vandalizing property after his conviction. Today, he insists, his only artwork is created in a studio, with larger pieces fetching $2,000 to $2,500. Art “is my way of making amends,” he said.

But his trouble with the law didn’t end. When his old tagging crew was suspected of creating a quarter-mile-long MTA tag in the Los Angeles River, Gheorghiu was caught in the ensuing police sweep.

He spent three days in jail in 2009. Charges were never filed.

But in 2010, the city attorney sued him and nine others. The suit seeks at least $1 million in penalties and a civil injunction that would forbid many activities, including making money from work emblazoned with their street names.”

Read the whole  story here.

“SMEAR”
photo: LA Times

Hmmm… tags no longer allowed in fine art? Wow. That’s pretty fucked up. What about signed pieces by other graffiti and street artists? Are those just criminal evidence now?

If you read a little further the real motive against graffiti/ graffiti art reveals itself (again)..

“Their suit also argues that Gheorghiu’s graffiti served as free publicity, giving him an unfair advantage over legitimate artists — a violation of state laws governing fair competition.”

…..Exactly. All about the $$$$s.

 

 


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They’ve always slander your work. Some of my favorites are the Murals with Rezent, all gone now I’m sure. What a shame.
And yes, it’s always about the money.
Hi Santos!!!
xoxoxo
Hope you’re well!

Comment by julia

art must be stopped at all costs.
the freeway underpasses and electrical boxes must be untainted… for all to enjoy.
only corporations seeking ‘fair trade’ should be protected. children should be seen…
we must face our insignificance. we are not relevant. we are not worthy of self-expression. we should just go fuck ourselves.
right?

blog good yo

Comment by barry young

Goods looks on blogging this, ALONE.

Comment by SMEAR

No doubt. Sent you an email, hope you got it.

Comment by aloneone

I never check that email…hit me on this one: smear@theartofsmear.com

Comment by SMEAR




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