Street Art Exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art Prompts Praise and Concern

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LOS ANGELES, CA (AP).- It’s art from the streets that’s been moved into the museum, and critics are going gaga over it. Words like stunning and near-overwhelming have been used to describe the colorful, esoteric works of Futura, Smear, Chaz Bojorquez and dozens of other seminal street scribblers covering the walls of the Museum of Contemporary Art‘s Little Tokyo campus. But take the art back to the streets, as some over-enthusiastic artists, or perhaps just wannabe Banksys, have been doing since the exhibition opened at MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary campus earlier this month, and the reception hasn’t been quite as enthusiastic. Since the show began people in the neighborhood have complained of ugly graffiti appearing on their walls, and police suspect at least one of the artists represented