Monday, October 7, 2013

Is Graffiti Art or Vandalism?

Banksy

When is graffiti vandalism and when is it art? Simple answer: it's both. Art and vandalism aren't mutually exclusive. But is graffiti ever acceptable? 

Banksy
Graffiti is, by its nature, a form of painting. After all, the person creating the graffiti uses the same methods and materials as an artist working on a painting. Is a painting art? However, in the case of graffiti, the "artist" is vandalizing private property, a criminal act.

Here's an interesting article in today's Guardian about Banksy whose graffiti is making property owners rich. His environmentally-themed works are fetching hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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