Is Graffiti Art Or Vandalism?

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Is Graffiti Art Or Vandalism?

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Is Graffiti (aka Street Art) Art?This is a question I see often and usually from students working on school reports and have fairly strong opinions about. I think its first important to understand that art itself is tough to define. But if you move past formal definitions, art is typically an expression of oneself that may or may not appeal to other people. Lets refer to a few of pieces of well known art.1. The Mona Lisa by Leonardo DaVinci. It is painted on a piece of wood and is framed. Why is this art? Shading, the depth, the landscape, the enigmatic smile, etc. Would this be art if it were painted on a brick wall on a side street in Italy? Of course. What makes it art is the picture, not the medium.

2. Guernica by Pablo Picasso. This may be Picassos most well known piece of art. Painted mural size on a piece of canvas. Of course, this is art. Would it be art if Picasso painted directly on a wall on the side of a street? Yes. What if he did it without permission? Still art but illegally painted. You like it? well it doesnt matter if you do or not, its still art.

3. Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michangelo. Its art and its on a ceiling.

Graffiti art (aka Street Art) is a style of art. Street art painted in this style is still art. It can be painted on wood, on canvas, on ceilings, on brick walls, on sidewalks, etc. It is still art regardless of the medium.If the street art is painted legally, meaning on property owned by the artist or with permission from the owner, then it is legal street art.If the street art is painted illegally, meaning on property not owned by the artist, and without permission, then it is still art but the artist has committed the crime of vandalism. So, if DaVinci, Picasso, and Michaelangelo were hanging out on 115th Street one Tuesday night and throw up the Mona Lisa, the Guernica, and the Sistine Chapel art work on the side of a laundromat It is art. But its also vandalism. It can be both it is not an either or question.

Hope this helps you guys if youre doing a report onGraffiti or Vandalism orIs It Street Art or Vandalism.

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