Picture Perfect?: Artist Shepard Fair...

Picture Perfect?: Artist Shepard Faireya s mural in the South End may have to come down.

There are 1 comment on the Boston Herald story from Mar 1, 2009, titled Picture Perfect?: Artist Shepard Faireya s mural in the South End may have to come down.. In it, Boston Herald reports that:

Fritz Klaetke, 42, and his partner Susan Battista, 45, were summoned to appear before the Boston Landmarks Commission tomorrow after complaints about the mural adorning the front of their red-brick townhouse ...

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Herb Zeller

Brookline, MA

#1 Mar 13, 2009
" A Mural is not a Billboard"---South End Landmarks Commission

As I understand the 24 Rutland St Decision the made by the South End Landmarks District Commission has now become arbiter of what is “art.” And further that “art” supersedes all the guidelines for alterations of the exterior of buildings in the historic district. When comes down to appearance, the Commission concluded that new art supersedes historic art, that is, the art expressed by the architecture of the historic district. Some would say that one person’s art is another’s graffiti, or advertising sign, or political expression. But South End property owners need not worry now that we have the Landmarks Commission to educate us about the special quality of this new art.

And there’s more. The Commission in their 24 Rutland St Decision found that a certain kind of new art exists for a fixed period of months, after which it is no longer art. Some people have noticed a curious kind of synergy between this short-term art and exhibits taking place in galleries outside of the South End. But not to worry, South End property owners have the Landmarks Commission to educate us about the widespread influence of this new art.

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