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Is Street Art Losing Its Edge? Video on PBS

This is a subject that I have pondered for a while - what happens when street art goes mainstream? When it becomes acceptable and even encouraged? When the galleries and auction houses start pricing it? Does it lose its edge?

Some past posts:

NYT

The Big Boo Hoo on Street Art

The Beginning of the End of Street Art

NY Post - When Museums Start hailing Graffiti

I have been following street art for years. I have photos from Florence Italy in 1974 of graffiti (for that is what it was called in those days). The evolution of graffiti into street art has been gradual and exciting. And now, especially with Banksy's NYC installation month completed, street art is now in the forefront of the public's affection with art.

Is this good? I am ambivalent. On the one hand I am thrilled that street artists are getting the recognition they deserve. On the other hand I am concerned that street art will lose its edge, which is what makes it so exciting and attractive to me. Here is a video of a short special recently on PBS highlighting Banksy and interviewing Steven Harrington of the always great Brooklyn Street Art blog.

 


Mark This Town

Mark This Town offers people living in New York the chance to get their voices heard through street art. The team behind the project are Minsun Mini Kim, ‘a curious learner, educator and visual thinker,’ and Meghana Khandekar an artist and designer both interested in human rights and doing social good.

Graffiti_proto08-625x380The collaboration invites people with messages to share with the city to fill out an online form with their ideas along with a $1 donation to cover materials that are all sustainable.  Once a week, messages are drawn from a lottery and the selected message is stenciled in New York, mapped and photographed.  Individuals who submit the selected message receive the original stencil used in the project, a printed picture of the final mark and a place in the artists’ gallery. The scheme also follows themes each month, for April it was ‘Street Harassment’ and for May it’s ‘Neighbors’ allowing the work to be trended and for there to be a particular focus at the final exhibition.

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