Sunday, September 30, 2012

Street Artist BLU

BLU is the pseudonym of an Italian street artist who has become renowned for his large-scale paintings on buildings and other large structures (bridges, etc.) as well as his stop-action animations created outside, in public spaces (see links below). 

He began his career as a street artist in the late 1990's, and by 2004 he was attracting the attention of major galleries.

In April, 2011, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles commissioned Blu to paint a mural on the back of their Geffen Contemporary building.  Upon completion, the mural, depicting rows of coffins draped in dollar bills instead of American flags, was immediately white-washed on the order of museum director Jeffrey Deitch.  Blu was invited to repaint the wall with a different theme but declined, calling the removal of his mural censorship.

A new mural, replacing the one painted by Blu at MOCA:

Read more HERE.

Blu's other work often uses humor and social commentary in the form of wall art, 
stop-action animation videos, and strange, surrealistic drawings in his sketchbook.


Sketchbook Drawings:

Videos can be viewed by clicking on their titles below...


Click HERE to visit Blu's site.

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