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Street art of chipped brick and plaster on Abbot Kinney by Alexandre Farto

With Venice’s history as a hub of art and culture, most notably with the Beat Generation, it’s not surprising that street art is scattered throughout the neighborhood, both built into the façade of storefronts and hidden in back lots. (Jean-Michel Basquiat  and Dennis Hopper both had studios in Venice.)  In 2011, French artist JR put up pieces in Venice as part of his “Wrinkles of the City” series, which included 20 large-scale portraits of 20 ethnic Angelinos.  You can still see a piece of one mural left here:

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There’s a wide range of techniques as well, including wheat paste and chipped brick and plaster. Do you recognize other street artists in the slideshow below?

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