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Is it art? Or is it vandalism?

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Street art is any art developed in public spaces — that is, "in the streets" — though the term usually refers to unsanctioned art, 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.


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Legitimacy of painting

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  • Street art allows artists to explore their vision. Josh Mattson. "In Defense of Street Art." Secrets of the City. April 8th, 2008: "something every artist has in common is their primary responsibility to follow their vision, wherever it may lead them, even if that is into alleys and train yards. And at that time in my life, that's where my vision was leading me. I had never considered myself an "artist" before, didn't take any classes in school, but I saw a way that I could help make the world more beautiful (or at least more interesting) and relieve the monotony of my small-town life at the same time."
  • Many street artists move from vandalism to beauty. Josh Mattson. "In Defense of Street Art." Secrets of the City. April 8th, 2008: "For a year or two, I worked exclusively in stencil graffiti and wheatpaste media. I have since moved on to new media, but it was an exciting and informative time in my life. I vandalized dozens of public places and broke many laws; yet I feel that the gifts I and my associates gave the public outweigh whatever laws we broke. But I won't claim that the desire to give beautiful art to the public is every street artist's motive. Of course there will always be those people who just want to scrawl obscenities in alleys and on storefronts. Just remember, everyone has to start somewhere, and often people graduate from crudities to more expressive works."


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Exposure: Does street art offer greater exposure?

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  • Many more people see street art than gallery art. Josh Mattson. "In defense of street art." Secrets of the City. April 8th, 2008: "Working on the street has many virtues. If you choose your place wisely, many more people will see it than in one of the many small galleries that the average artist can reasonably expect to be exhibited in. Think of some of the busy intersections in downtown Minneapolis: if an artist was enterprising and determined enough, he could have more people see his work every day than do pass through the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa. The street is an unintended refutation of the insular art world."


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Access: Does street art give artists greater access?

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  • Street art is a refutation of the insular art world. Josh Mattson. "In defense of street art." Secrets of the City. April 8th, 2008: "The street is an unintended refutation of the insular art world; most street artists do not have the advantage of an expensive art education and contacts within the industry. An abundance of good art often does not get exhibited, for whatever reason. Many artists do not want to spend time applying to galleries, making friends in the industry, and waiting months or years for a show. They want people to see their art right now, as soon as possible."
  • Street art is cheaper and more accessible. Josh Mattson. "In defense of street art." Secrets of the City. April 8th, 2008: "Think of the high cost of starting to paint- you have to buy oils, thinner, brushes, canvas, etc. Then you have to learn to paint, which is typically requires an expensive art education if you want to learn with any proficiency. All the street artist needs is a cheap can of Krylon from the local hardware store. And who's going to teach them? The only way the street artist learns is through practice and self-motivation. There is no street artist's college (although the Minneapolis College of Art and Design does teach a class on street art, and as artists such as Banksy and Shepard Fairey gain prominence in the art world, perhaps it will become an accepted BFA program somewhere). This need to figure out everything for themselves leads to innovation, technical prowess, and self-sufficiency. Street art is the most egalitarian of art movements. One cannot go to art school for it, the production costs are much more affordable, and the artist can choose to exhibit wherever he or she pleases."


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Street art: Danger to political stability?

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