Going on a tour with Lizy Dastin, whether in-person or by iPhone, (pre-recorded audio tours are available on her website) is part city walking tour, part art history seminar. As she guides you through the streets, Dastin sprinkles in colorful anecdotes about the work or the artist with her own insightful analysis, putting the artwork into context historically, critically and environmentally. Read the article
Sleek met Lizy Dastin an art history professor at UCLA and founder of Art and Seeking to discuss the history of creativity in LA and the city’s emerging artists, galleries and art neighbourhoods. Read the article
L.A. is a particularly appropriate host of these tours since the city has been a home to some of the most significant street art since Mexican muralist Siqueiros unveiled his controversial America Tropical on Olvera Street that was soon destroyed by the government. Since then, influential figures, including: Judith Baca, Shepard Fairey, Mr. Brainwash, RISK and Banksy himself have used its streets as their canvas. Unfortunately, most Angelenos and visitors are missing out on this world-class art scene because we don’t know where to look or are speeding right by it on the freeway. Read the article
Art and Seeking is the best way to see, learn about, and appreciate LA’s extensive (and sometimes hidden) street art scene. There are five guided or downloadable audio (for the budget-conscious) tours available in Hollywood, DTLA, Abbot Kinney, Beverly Hills, and WeHo. Read the article
Each tour focuses on a single neighborhood with a high density of quality work that can be seen on foot in less than an hour, she said, including areas in downtown, Beverly Hills and Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. She introduces participants to works both by established street artists, such as Hueman and Shepard Fairey, and up-and-comers like Paige Smith, antigirl and Morley. Read the article
Our next stop is at the corner of Traction and E. Third, where a Lichtenstein-inspired mural by Tristan Eaton stands out. The image, primarily composed of a close-up of a woman’s face, also contains the phrase, “I was a Botox junkie.” Dastin emphasizes the social context of the piece, as well as discussing Eaton’s relevance as an artist, and his methods. One of the most compelling aspects of Dastin’s tour is her background knowledge of each piece: she has attempted to track down and interview as many of the individual artists as possible—an impressive achievement, given the evanescent nature of street art. She offers a behind-the-scenes perspective on many of the pieces, talking about the context in which they have been created, and explaining how the artworks are affected by the controversial citywide moratorium on murals.
Lizy Dastin, who teaches art history at Chapman University and Santa Monica College, has created a way to intertwine the social media experience with learning about art through guided tours around Los Angeles. Read the article
It is the murals, street art, maker co-ops and influx of trendy eating establishments that have made the Arts District a “thing.”
Art and Seeking offers private guided tours or a downloadable audio tour of the street art of the Downtown LA Arts District conducted by art professor Lizy Dastin. Read the article
Los Angelenos, tired of staring at the same paintings in LACMA? Or shopping at The Grove? Honestly, it’s mostly just filled with tourists anyway waiting in the never-ending line at Sprinkles Cupcakes. Then try experiencing LA in a new way by going on one of Art and Seeking’s curated street art tours.
The hustle and bustle of Downtown LA leaves little time to deviate from the well-worn path of Starbucks, to work and the return trip home. Yet it is exactly on these paths that Los Angelenos can experience the very essence of urban LA. Read the article
Art and Seeking (A&S) announced today its partnership with the LA Street Art Gallery (LASAG). Both companies share a passion for street art and sharing the art with the public. LA Street Art Gallery is working on creating maps for street art tours that would be guided by Lizy Dastin, the founder of Art and Seeking. Read the article
If you want to discover some street art around LA, then take a tour with Art and Seeking. Lizy Dastin, an art history professor and street art documentarian, created Art and Seeking to teach people about street art and show them the hidden gems around the city.