Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Why Are Graffiti and Street Art Destroying One Another?

For most people, there’s little difference between graffiti and street art. To those within that circle, however, there’s a whole world of difference—even enough to drive them to destroy the art of others. Part of that difference comes from the continued rejection of graffiti as a criminal act, whereas street art quickly rose up from the streets into the galleries, where it has become the hot, new genre eagerly bought up by younger collectors. The resentments generated by that difference can be easily encapsulated in the all-out war going on between King Robbo, “king” of the British graffiti artists, and Banksy, the darling of the gallery-gone street artists. What was once posturing (and even alleged slapping) has escalated to destruction of the art itself. Can anything stop this self-destructive feud in which the work itself hangs in the balance? Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Why Are Graffiti and Street Art Destroying One Another?"

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