Is Graffiti Art?
Graffiti has loomed between the borders of true art, mindless trashand a way of solely getting your name around. Is Graffiti theeveryday scrawlings of misdirected teenagers orthe well-laced masterpiece by a keen eye? For years the opinions havechanged and shifted. Currently there is not a consensus about whethergraffiti can yet be classed as art.
Art to some people would be the great works of Michelangelo, Da Vinci,Bottachelli, Matisse, Van Gough, and Monet but in today’s worldanything can be classed as ‘art’. Different forms and styles havearisen and most people have an opinion on what is art.
A splatter of paint on canvas; art? Brush strokes on a page; art? Acollage out of rubbish; art? Who decides what is art and what is not?How can someone say “that is not art” when the creator believes it tobe exquisite? Why do some people perceive graffiti as nothing butpaint on a wall and not the true masterpiece that others believe itreally is.
The many forms and styles of graffiti make it hard to distinguish themeaningless strokes from those that are clearly art if you choose tosee them. Can some writers go over the top and do too much? Or not doenough for it to be classed as art? To understand this we have to lookback at the history of graffiti.
Graffiti originated with the Romans when they started to write on thebuildings of the towns they conquered and even before words were used,the cave men painted on walls. The late 1960’s saw graffiti’s currentidentity starting to form. It was used primarily by politicalactivists to make statements and also by street gangs to markterritory.
The most commonly termed graffiti begins in Philadelphia Pennsylvania,during t…
…tists themselves. In Chicago theirnumbers are high as they have the nation’s top graffiti blasting teamand equipment. New technology has enabled the removal of permanentspray paint pieces from nearly any surface, through the use of highlyconcentrated amounts of baking soda. The thought that graffiti can beerased nowadays brings strong emotions to the writers, seeing theirhard work, time and money be washed away.
Graffiti can be considered art, because it denotes meaning for theindividual, and hopefully to the people that are viewing it. It issaid that graffiti is a language, an image, a voice and a visionengaging the spirit when the soul of art is discovered.
There are so many hidden meanings in murals that it is hard for somepeople to grasp because they can not relate to it. But for those whocan, the murals and graffiti are considered art.