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Graffiti: Art or Vandalism?

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Kim Rodriguez

on 17 November 2014

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Transcript of Graffiti: Art or Vandalism?

Graffiti: Art or Vandalism?
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1900's: Graffiti focused on communication and empowerment
Graffiti progressed innovation, personal style, expressive
Art expanded and became more bold
Before graffiti: contemporary public art
Originated in Philadelphia, early 1960's
Flourished in Washington Heights, Brooklyn, and the Bronx in the late 1960's
"Hip-hop" graffiti
Countless debates
Street art is "school-bred form of graffiti"
Middle class whites street art
Minorities graffiti
Graffiti: territory, drugs, respect
Street art: bonding feel, gentrification
Graffiti versus Art
History of Graffiti
What do you think Vandalism is?
Types of Graffiti
Has an effect on how a neighborhood
is viewed
Controversial phenomenon
Artists' reasoning for "vandalizing"
Society is objective in understanding graffiti
Graffiti versus Art
Graffiti in other countries:
Britain: "Anti-social behavior"
Germany: "Site-specific art"
Graffiti versus Art
Authorities see graffiti as vandalism
Billions of dollars spent to clean graffiti up
Seen as damaging property
Non-consented graffiti is seen as vandalism or crime
Artists' Vandalizing or Being Vandalized?
Artists are punished ruthlessly
Given fines/arrested for:
The possession of graffiti instruments
Sale and distribution of broad-tipped markers and spray paint
Illegal when it is created without permission
If owner gives consent, it is covered under the owner's rights
Are artists' rights being vandalized?
Motives for Graffiti
The adrenaline rush
Creating art in a dangerous/illegal way
Gaining social status
Obtaining respect
Social bonding - "crews"
World famous British artist
Meaningful street art
Graffiti is a freedom of speech
Graffiti is often connected with neighborhoods that lack social organization
Street art is connected with middle class neighborhoods
Graffiti is far more than vandalism there is meaning behind it.
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