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Can Graffiti be considered art?

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Started: 9/18/2014 Category: Arts
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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JLongo

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Graffiti is an art. It is a form of expression in a physical form that is beautiful. There are exceptions such as gov't buildings but I am talking about Graffiti in general. The definition of art is "the production or expression of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance." Based on this definition, Graffiti is an art form.
TalosWolf

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I believe your statement is false. Graffiti is not at all art. It is vandalism in most cases and is frowned upon by the open world. Something such as Pablo Picasso's painting in an art museum is art. spraying colors on a wall is not.

Most cases of graffiti involve purposely destroying someone's property, showing a rebellious message, or just because.
"writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place." Most likely, graffiti artist are rebellious teenagers. They themselves think of it as art, but mostly everyone thinks of it as vandalism, or other bad things as such. Art in an art museum is there to be enjoyed. When people see art in a museum, they may take a picture, smile, or any thing like that. When someone sees graffiti, they may try to erase it, cover it, or simply frown. Graffiti , as the definition says above, is usually sprayed illicitly on a wall. It is not art. it is breaking the law and should not be counted as art.
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Posted by rickypas 3 years ago
rickypas
TalosWolf, you"re arguments couldn"t be more invalid. It"s outrageous to believe that "most likely, graffiti artists are rebellious teenagers". That"s even ridiculous as saying that most likely, Muslims are terrorists. Just because some teenagers do spray graffiti on walls illegally, whether without carrying a message or not, doesn"t mean every graffiti artist does it and graffiti can"t be considered an art at all.

Also, I"d like to refer to what you do consider art; in this case a painting of Pablo Picasso. I"ll have you know that Pablo"s art was considered abominable garbage by many, when he first introduced it to the world, and "was frowned upon by the open world", just like you say graffiti is now. Years later, a Picasso-painting can be worth millions of dollars. Just because you believe graffiti isn"t an art, doesn"t it mean it can"t be considered an art at all.

Secondly, you strongly pronounce graffiti to be "breaking the law". While, in some cases, graffiti is sprayed illegally, there are so many actual legal graffiti-contests. Again, just because some do it, doesn"t mean everyone does it.

Finally, I"ll name some graffiti-artists, for who"s art people are willing to pay thousands of dollars, who"s art people enjoy, who"s art is carrying out a political or social message (where you say graffiti is in most cases "showing a rebellious message"), and who"s art can be found in numerous museums, just like Pablo Picasso"s art: Banksy, Does, Eine, Marquis Lewis, Graeme Brusby, Eduardo Kobra, Hopare, Mr Thoms, Etam Cru, Cheko, Paulo Ito, L7m, Rustam QBic, Mogul, Klister-Peter, Icy and Sot, and hundreds, if not thousands, of other artists.

Enjoy.
Posted by GrandMassaSpectre 3 years ago
GrandMassaSpectre
As a fellow artist, I believe that graffiti should be consider art. Art can become a hobby of anyone that is interested in it. Graffiti is used to express the artist's feelings and thoughts about anything in general. It could be the government, pollution, war, famine, but graffiti can be also fun to do. All of us view graffiti differently, either as art or vandalism. Which ever way it goes, graffiti is here to stay for long time.
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