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What is Street Art?

Many people know street art when they see it. But what is and isn’t street art is questionable.  A definition of street art may be helpful. According to the Wikipedia, Street Art is defined as follows:

Street art is any art developed in public spaces — that is, “in the streets” — though the term usually refers to art of an illicit nature, as opposed to government sponsored initiatives. The term can include traditional graffiti artwork, stencil graffiti, sticker art, wheatpasting and street poster art, video projection, art intervention, guerrilla art, flash mobbing and street installations. Typically, the term Street Art or the more specific Post-Graffiti is used to distinguish contemporary public-space artwork from territorial graffiti, vandalism, and corporate art. 


Understanding Graffiti 

Graffiti terminology (Wikipedia)

History of graffiti (Wikipedia)


The “Splasher” Vandalism upon Vandalism


“The Splasher” The mysterious person(s) defacing street art in NYC in early 2007. Works by Swoon, Shepard Fairey, Faile and many others were attacked with bright colors of paint that appeared to have been intentionally splashed on to the work. New York Magazine chronicles and investigates the mystery of The Splasher.

The irony of the Splasher’s attacks is that they amount to a form of vandalism upon vandalism itself. Most street art is destruction of property in the eyes of the law which leads to our next Post….


Graffiti: art or crime? 

Anti-Graffiti Task Force: In 1995 Mayor Rudolph Giuliani of New York set up the Anti-Graffiti Task Force, an initiative to combat the perceived problem of graffiti vandals in New York City. This began a crackdown on “quality of life crimes” throughout the city, and one of the largest anti-graffiti campaigns in U.S. history.

Violations of the city’s anti-graffiti law carry fines of $350 per count. Famous NYC graffiti artist Zephyr wrote an opposing viewpoint to this law. more on thiss..


Street Art Film 

Jon Reiss’ latest documentary, “Bomb It” is an international graffiti and street art documentary exploring the controversial subculture of graffiti through themes of public space, freedom of speech, corporate advertising, and social and political issues. The film visits cities from around the world. The film is directed by award-winning director Jon Reiss and premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.


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