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Los Angeles was always a little behind-the-times when it came to cutting-edge and up-and-coming contemporary art. The city’s MOCA institution, however, has been out to change that as of late and, so far, is doing an excellent job. New from the museum’s “Art in the Streets” exhibit comes a refurbishing of West Hollywood Library’s drab exterior courtesy of three street art legends: RETNA, Kenny Scharf and Shepard Fairey. Lending his calligraphy-style trademark work to one third of the library’s wall, RETNA’s complex blue-and-white coded piece was appropriately inspired by literature. Taken from a quote written by novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie, RETNA’s inscription is translated to: “Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination, and of the heart.” Scharf and Fairey are up next before the project is fully completed, gracing LA’s streets with a little bit of more well-established artwork.
Photgrapher: Carlos Gonzalez
Source: Arrested Motion