Monday, February 4, 2008

Graffiti vs. Street Art

I posted many moons ago about the fascination I have with street art. Not the unimaginative "tags" that teenage hoodlums create. But the really intriguing work by actual artists, who happen to use the big wide world as their medium. This is a world away from graffiti, as most people think of it. It's seeing something unexpected & artistic that puts a smile on your face.

There's an artist in the UK called "Banksy," who has become the talk of the town for his street art, and his distinctive stencil-style. His work sells for thousands of pounds. Towns are now calling for preservation of these works of art.

Street art is also moving indoors with dedicated auctions to "urban art" and an exhibition the Tate Modern. Finally, it is hitting the mainstream decoration market, with framed "graffiti" prints, and the cool lamps seen below from Re-surface.

So, the question is: What happens when street art become mainstream? Does it defeat the purpose of the medium? I guess we'll have to wait and see.





Adam Neate


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Anonymous will said...

I ve just found out Bansky, it s staggering! In my country there are people good at it and I like taking pics of their work.

June 23, 2009 10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he's a genius.
irene from italy ahah

August 24, 2009 3:50 AM  

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