Street Art vs Graffiti

I did a post on graffiti being art or vandalism. I used the term graffiti and street-art interchangeably, but apparently they are not considered the same thing. According to this blog post this is the difference between the two.

Graffiti limits an individual to what he or she can do with a spray can, on the spot. Street art, on the other hand, while employing some of the application techniques of graffiti, often involves a finished product that is ready-made and brought to the location -think stickers, wheat paste prints, and stencils.


Street Art


It goes on to say that graffiti started out first and eventually led to the creation of street art. According to the author graffiti is an art form that consists of untrained professionals constrained to a time limit due to the fear of facing the law. They then mention examples of these artists from the 70s, 80s, and the famous Banksy. The funny thing is that there definition of  a street artist includes someone who uses stencils, which Banksy is known to use.

Once again, street artists are trained art students that come with a prepared product at the location where they will put it. According to the author this gives them an  advantage to create art that has a more developed message. Which I disagree with, just because someone has more time doesn’t mean that their artwork will be better. If someone has a good idea the message will show through, no matter how much time is given to them. Just because someone goes to  an art school doesn’t necessarily  mean that they are better than those who didn’t. I mean look at Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, they left school and became millionaires, whereas other college graduates are struggling to play school loans. Obviously this is a different subject, but what I’m trying to get at is that if you have the talent you don’t necessarily need to be taught what your already good at. Yes, classes can further your abilities, but only if you have them to begin with.

The article concludes with saying that even though the two types of art are different they still have the same legal risk and use images to convey a message. That I can agree with. Both of these art types are together when it comes to the controversy of whether art outside a museum is actually art.




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