Los Angeles has had a tumultuous history with street art. Under the regrettable tenure of former city attorney Carmen Trutanich, authorities cracked down on murals and equated them with graffiti. The city later lifted its ban on murals and provided a pathway toward legalization.

What's interesting here is, throughout this shift, L.A. had become a street-art epicenter. MOCA's groundbreaking show "Art in the Streets"solidified the city's street-art impact in 2011 and seemed to bring a wave of global artists (Banksy, Space Invader) from around the world to town.

It can already be argued that the graffiti side of street art has a longer history in L.A. than almost anywhere else, including New York, as a result of a Mexican-American gang history that dates to before World War II. Los Angeles also is home to prewar murals by noted Mexican artist David Alfaro Siqueiros.

Nowadays the famous 101 freeway murals, Olvera Street, Venice Beach are just a few places where murals are located.

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