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Can Graffiti be Classified as Art?

Let’s take a look into the world of graffiti and how it can combine with the world or art in the community. Some people recognise the finer graffiti spray paintings as pieces of art whilst others categorically state there is no place on our streets for any kind of graffiti, and it can never be classed as art. Who is right?

Graffiti is typically created using spray paint on walls and the sides of buildings in city environments. As such, specific examples of graffiti would be assessed as art or not art by the same standards by which a painting would be assessed. For example, a crude tagging involving a person spray painting their name on the hood of your car would no more be art than it would be for a person to sign their name on a canvas using a brush. Or if the ghost of Leonardo da Vinci manifested itself and grabbed a spray paint can to create a work on par with Mona Lisa masterfully on the side of an office block, then that would have the same status as the Mona Lisa, at least in terms of being art or not. Thus, given that graffiti is essentially painting it follows that it is as much art as painting is or is not. In fact, seeing as graffiti involves the very same techniques and mediums as “conventional” painting, the burden of proof would seem to be on those who would deny that graffiti is (or more accurately, can be) art while maintaining that painting is art. Continue reading Can Graffiti be Classified as Art?