The Great Wall of Los Angeles is a wonderful masterpiece that takes you on a journey through the history of the people of California. It is also one of the country’s most respected large monuments that incorporates inter-racial accord and is a true cultural landmark. The Great Wall spans a half a mile in length which is 2,754 feet and is considered the longest mural in the world. It consists of pictures that represent the history of the ethnic people of California. The mural’s pictures go back to the prehistorical history of the ethnic people all the way up to the 1950’s. It resides in the Tujunga Flood Control Channel of the San Fernando Valley by a park and bike trail. It swarms thousands of visitors each year who are able to see the work
In 1941, Frank Romero was born and raised in East Los Angeles. While attending High School Romero got offered a scholarship to Otis Art Institution and Design College to purse his artistic career . Frank Romero was a young Chicano artist who was fascinated by the Chicano culture. Romero painted murals, cars,skeletons, highways and important historical events that
Ian Frazier’s On The Rez is a first-person view of one’s life as an Indian. He spends this chapter talking about his good friend Le War Lance, and their many adventures spanning over 20 years. It gives just a little bit of insight as to the life of an Indian without watering it down.
The Los Angeles native is still inspired by his surrounding influences and continues to create art that reflects his surrounding environments. With his old days as a Chicano muralist and artist now behind him, Romero is immersed in a peaceful life filled with joy, inspiration, and motivation. As a member of Los Four and as a solo artist, some of his most famous works can still be seen throughout the bustling streets of Los Angeles, while others are immortalized in museums and art institutions worldwide, including some held at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and several others on the campuses of universities renowned for their art such as the University of California-Irvine and Los Angeles and California State University. One of his most popular works, the “Going to the Olympics” mural located near a Los Angeles freeway cemented his place in history as one of the greats. Romero, a great, is an immortal and highly inspirational figure that has left behind a massive impact on his surroundings and has contributed much to the world of art. His legacy lives on as he has gained much appreciation for his unique perception and creation of
The renaissance was a time of art and rebirth. Many great artists appeared during this time bringing their own individual skills and talent. These artists were Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, and Raphael. However out of the four, Leonardo was the most significant. Not only was he a great artist, but an inventor, engineer, and scientist. He was by far the greatest renaissance artist.
Chicano art possesses a true aesthetic, mirroring a diverse and ever-changing Chicago reality. Today's Chicano art is multipurpose and multifaceted, social and psychological, American in character and universal in spirit. Chicago is considered as people's art movement, outside of museums and hierarchy, so it continues to establish radical or protest art. Since most Chicano artist continue to be rejected for the creative works due to cultural bias therefore, Chicano art does not appear in museums, alternatively motivating the tension between artists and art authority. Chicano art can be expressed as the experiences Chicanos went through by deciphering codes in images, signs, and symbols. Although Chicano artists continue to address social justice
In Frank Romero's painting "Going to the Olympics, 1984" it shows what L.A. is really is about. Frank Romero's focus is to show others how Los Angeles is being represented, showing the automobiles, hearts, palm trees & etc. He has little images that depict L.A. but they mean much to those who live in the city. My opinion on his mural is he shows what passion for your city really is about.
Also his attitude towards it reflects on how he feels about the city. Part of him wishes he hadn’t agreed to the fix, it’s like a going to a funeral, embalming in a sense. Muralist Frank Romero sued Caltrans for painting over his mural. With tens of millions of dollars now spent annually on graffiti cleanup in the region, its aim is to persuade government agencies to channel some of that money toward restoring murals and running educational programs that would deter tagging and instill respect for murals and their surrounding
Diego Rivera was a big man both literally and figuratively. He dominated the Mexican art world from after the Mexican revolution until his death. In the online article entitled, “The Painting on the Wall”, by Peter Schjeldahl, we see Rivera revive and put to use the antique medium of fresco painting. The Fresco painting used things such as pigments to impregnate a paste of marble, dust and water-treated lime (Schjeldahl). This helped to dry rocks into a more hardened state. Because of Rivera’s positive energy, he was able to win the hearts of all sorts of people. These people ranged from the French all the way to the American people.
This was a completely nonviolent use of mobilization in a community that was not represented at all. Using the power of community mobilization as a way to promote better representation in government has helped improve the Latino community in Salinas. It was a community where people were not succeeding, while their white counterparts were flourishing. Thus, using the strikes and filing the lawsuit have articulated their frustrations in a way that turned out to be more successful. Once they achieved political power, the communities were no longer left to their own vices, the local government actually paid
It was astonished by the mural’s size and colors. I got a pamphlet of what each of the scenes were depicted. Some of my favorite scenes were, Native hunting and gathering, the Last battle between Spanish, Mexicans, and Americans in the Mexican-American war, because it depicts Mexico’s independence from Spain. The image of Biddy Mason, last slave in Los Angeles that who turned into a real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist, the Great Depression scenes, the whitewashing of America Tropical, a mural that was created by David Alfaro Siqueiros, at Olvera Street, lastly the scene that got me emotional me was the Japanese incarceration. This scene was a reminder of the Mexicans incarceration that happened during 1771-1965. By looking at these scenes I could understand why the Community Redevelopment Agency wanted this Mural censored. A few of these images even though are true, they are troubling due to their true depictions of marginalized communities. They want to keep individuals away from the truth. For example, some may argue that the Japanese don’t want to be reminded of such negative part of their history. But I think being reminded of the bad times keeps individuals conscious of the cruel reality. By knowing the truth we can all work together to prevent from history repeating
Smithsonian American Art Museum. Web. 7 Nov. 2015. Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, Aaron was the son of a homemaker and laborer having several brothers and sisters. Though he came from a poor family, he was fortunate to receive a promising education. His artwork spoke volumes as he is still influencing artists and inspiring people today. Aaron Douglas “provided a dignified voice of opposition, insight, and aspiration” to others simply through his creations (1). He displayed courage for African Americans through his work which in turn encouraged many to take action, if they had not already. His beautiful, attention grabbing paintings completely captured culture
In chapter three of Guisela LaTorre’s book Walls of Empowerment, she discusses the problems with graffiti and mural art and compares graffiti to mural art. She also discusses the gender inequality within graffiti artists and muralists, the influences of graffiti on LA, and east coast influences on muralists in the 1980s. Finally, she concludes that although mural art gains more approval than graffiti, both art forms serve to reclaim space in which the government and society traditionally denied to disfranchised
Is yard bombing art or vandalism? When I first saw the yard bombing images it reminded me of graffiti. Yard bombing and graffiti also share the similarities in that they both can appear to be vandalism. Last month in the metro there was an article complaining about this large graphic picture of rapper Drake that was on the side of a building he owned. He thought it was art while others thought it was graffiti and an eye sore.
Artist Andy Warhol once declared, “Art is anything you can get away with.” Street art has had a rough history with lots of controversy over the topic of being considered an art in the art world. Most people think graffiti is just silly and has little meaning. The style graffiti portrays makes it stick out from the rest of the art styles because it has creative lettering and abstract images that are painted on walls around the globe. Graffiti should be considered art because it has lots of popularity, it has a message, and it is very creative.