Street Art: Crime or Art?

1532 Words Apr 13th, 2011 7 Pages
What is Street Art?
Street art is arguably classed as Urban Art and also known as Contemporary Art.
This form of Art represents the voice of the lower class in debate with the political
class, they express themselves with sprays on plaster and endure 'A life spent
scribbling in books scrambling over walls and fences, scrawling on any available
It is today accepted by designers and artists who also are influenced by these
contemporary visualised forms, this form of contemporary art has changed the views
of many and has given society its own taste of mixed, demanding, and subjected
This worldwide craze of 'innovative styles' craved attention of many. Graffiti artists
like Banksy, Twist and Basquiat resulted in
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Posters and other public signs could also be understood as various forms of street art,
it is important for posters to stand out and convey there own messages individually;
this is exactly what graffiti does.
Overall street art is it crime or purely art?
Street art is considered as a crime but however this 'crime' sees to be seen as 'cool'
and highlights voices within a particular community concerned bout themes of racism,
politics, discrimination, social equality, and the right of humans.
If it were to be suggested that the writers of street art were banned is society then at
risk of bigger crimes being committed in relation to voices not being heard?
Although we can relate this so called 'Art' to wide range of attitudes within society,
Is it not then a successful idea of knowing what people of certain societies want for
these political leaders to effectively deal with.
I personally view street art as a source of Art representation with meanings appealing
to those people placed in the roots of the lower classes; it is these people who react
vigorously within public behind hidden doors to express what they have been put
I do strongly think that successful individuals like Banksy and Basquiat are those
voices of society that have spoken out and raised important issues that many people
like them would have wanted to raise, it…