I've lived in Buenos Aires for a while. I've walked through San Telmo a couple times. After walking with rick last Satruday, it'll never be the same. Now I know the ongoing stories that it's citizens are painting on it's civil surfaces, recognize when one gang steps on the toes of an artist or vice versa, and see how the art, form, and territory have changed over the years like a retrospective show except on going and the faces of their own neighborhood. This tour is not about tags. If anything the tags are pointed out as forming a sort of underbrush and frame for a larger center-piece, or as if the tagger had farted whilst the artist was reciting poetry. The tour was very comprehensive and cumulative so that by the end we were recognizing some of the major artists and probably digging their work. Now I can walk through and see what's new: who's painting what and who's painting on who.
While focusing on street-art, rick also talked a lot about some of the notable buildings in town, the ones which i've always kind of just looked at and said, that's cool. and about the history of the burro including the dark underbelly (underbridge) chapter as well. Overall, I'm a lot more informed about and intrigued by the area . Oh yeah and we went to a museum. About that I'll just say I hope the show's better when you go on the tour than when I did.
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