Flying cars, flying angels, and EatLA - Off-Ramp, November 19, 2011

Street artists sue, saying AEG destroyed their art

Koshin Finley

Mear One painting in the 51st Floor Penthouse of the new Ritz Carlton Residences at L.A. Live.

Koshin Finley

Shark Toof painting in the 51st Floor Penthouse of the new Ritz Carlton Residences at L.A. Live.

L.A. Art Machine

Chor Boogie's work in the 51st Floor Penthouse of the new Ritz Carlton Residences at L.A. Live.

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1981: Kent Twitchell leans from a scaffold hanging over the Job Corps Center building at 1031 South Hill Street as he works on his mural "Monument to Ed Ruscha". The mural was completed in 1987. It took nine years to complete and was destroyed without authorization (it was painted over completely) in 2006.


AEG, which owns the Ritz-Carlton Residences at LA Live, is being sued in federal court for allegedly destroying artwork by three California artists, Mear One, Chor Boogie, and Shark Toof. They did their high-end street art in a penthouse at the Ritz-Carlton for an LA Art Show event, allegedly with the understanding that it was on-loan, and would be returned.

Attorney Daniel Zohar, who spoke with Off-Ramp host John Rabe and represents the artists and the local art group LA Art Machine, says AEG broke the agreement and broke laws that forbid art from being destroyed.

AEG refused to do an Off-Ramp interview, but did issue this statement: “AEG does not agree that plaintiffs in this matter have accurately or completely set forth the facts associated with this matter. Nor does AEG agree with the legal positions taken by the plaintiffs in their lawsuit. AEG looks forward to vigorously defending itself in court.”


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