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Street Art


Paige Higgins

on 29 November 2012

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Transcript of Street Art

STREET ART Banksy Banksy is an anonymous England based graffiti artist, political activist, film director and painter. Banksy's work was born out of the Bristol underground scene which involved collaborations between artists and musicians the Bristol underground scene was a term to descride the trip hop culture. Trip Hop culture is very similar to hip hop music but from England. it's electronic music. Banksy was one of the first graffiti artists to make it in a gallery! Who owns sTreet art? A painting by famed street artist Banksy was found on the wall of an abandoned automobile factory in Detroit in May 2010. Shortly after the painting was discovered, volunteers from an arts organization called 555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios went to the site. They cut through the 1,500-pound cinder-block wall and removed the work. They put it on public display in their gallery.

Removing the art started a debate. Some people thought it should have been left where the artist placed it. Others believe it was right to preserve the work before it was destroyed. Still others argued the building’s owner should decide. At the time, no one knew who owned the factory. It had been abandoned for more than 50 years. Now an owner has come forward and filed a lawsuit to get the painting back—it could be worth a lot of money. Other works by Banksy have sold for more than $100,000. What is Street Art? Street art is art, specifically visual 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, sculpture, stencil graffiti, Lock On´s, sticker art, wheatpasting and street poster art, video projection, art intervention, guerrilla art, and street installations. ‘Street’ artists do not aspire to change the definition of an artwork, but rather to question the existing environment with its own language. They attempt to have their work communicate with everyday people about socially relevant themes in ways that are informed by esthetic values without being imprisoned by them. Max Collins
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