Argumentative Essay On Graffiti

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Louise Hare 13.3
Is Graffiti Art?
This essay discusses whether we should accept graffiti as an art form or if it classes as vandalism, or if there is indeed a distinction between the two. I have decided to address this issue as I have been and am currently exploring graffiti visually in my project. Graffiti is sometimes regarded as an art form by those doing it or who observe it, yet some may see graffiti as a nuisance, and it is frequently associated with anti-social behaviour and gang culture. It is also expensive to remove, estimated in the UK at more than £1billion to remove unwanted graffiti. Therefore, there seems to be a lot of stigma around what graffiti should be classed as and in my essay, I want to explore why graffiti is can always a bad thing, and overall express my opinion of how to a certain extent graffiti can be classed as art. This is demonstrated through identifying and analysing different types of graffiti including tagging, and street art.

Definition of art
To identify whether or not graffiti is art we must first answer what we define as art. Oxford dictionary defines art as “The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power” Firstly, many would argue that graffiti requires no ‘creative skill’ therefore cannot be defined as art. However, I would argue this only can be said for certain types
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