Repainting Ruscha: No one has yet offered a good explanation why Los Angeles muralist Kent Twitchell‘s personal “Mona Lisa,” a six-story likeness of Ed Ruscha, was abruptly painted over on Friday. A work that took the artist nine years to paint was converted into a bland, beige wall in a matter of hours, which apparently violates the federal Visual Artists Rights Act, a measure meant to give artists 90 days to respond to plans to destroy public works. [Via abLA.]
Dietz on San Jose’s digital art moment: Former Walker curator of New Media, Steve Dietz, interviewed on the exhibition of digital art he curated, ZeroOne San Jose: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge, on view August 7–13.
Portable Entryways: “German artist Martin Kippenberger once proposed a subway system for the entire world, connecting Los Angeles to Helsinki, Tokyo to Rome, Mnster to Dawson City. Greek islands, Canadian towns, Swiss lakes, pharaonic tombs – there would be entrances everywhere.” He started building these entranceways to nowhere, as BLDGBLOG illustrates. (It’s a bit reminiscent of this earlier post on Rebar’s Hidden Agenda.)
Utne sold: Utne magazine, our neighbor across the road (and sometimes Walker partner), has been sold to Topeka-based Ogden Publishing, after more than 20 years run by members of the Utne family. Ogden, publisher of Mother Earth News, Natural Home, and others, promises nothing will change in the publication’s content.
Free Youth: Sonic Youth offers a new single, “Incinerate,” for free, suggesting their newest offering is less knob-twiddling and more like old-school SY. From the forthcoming disk “Rather Ripped,” coming out June 13 (it’s streaming here).