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Graffiti is not art, it's vandalism!

  I hear people all the time try to excuse graffiti as art. But the truth is that it's vandalism and destruction of other people's property. Someone may like graffiti and consider it an art form. And they try to use the definition of art to excuse it. But those people are missing a major point about what art is. Art is created by commission or on the property the owner wants the art made on. Most graffiti is done without the consent or permission of the owner of which the graffiti appears on. The graffiti "artists" go where ever they want and destroy other people's property. I wouldn't want someone to tag up may walls of my building, just because it's their "self-expression"... If I asked them to do so, then it's a different story. Why doesn't the graffiti "artists" do their work on canvas? Why do they need to tag public property? Self-expression isn't about destruction, it's about creation. Graffiti destroys. Go create graffiti and display it in a museum or an art show.
Anonymous says2013-06-20T12:02:39.623
This argument is based on the assumption that it was done illegaly, and art can be made for yourself, by your self not "Art is created by commission or on the property the owner wants the art made on". Just because its illegal does not stop it from being art, although I agree that tagging is not art.
spradhan says2014-02-20T19:01:08.637
Just because it is illegal doesn't mean its not art. Art is creative, pleasant and gives a message at times. Graffiti has all three: Creativity, Pleasantry, and messages, though most of the graffiti is done legally, and even if it was not, graffiti artists just try to make more design on buildings if some of the artists are goofing round with spray cans
student11 says2015-02-05T23:18:44.833
It being illegal is part of the art of graffiti, its on walls and buildings and not on paper or canvas for a reason. It would be odd for a graffiti artists work to be shown at a museum or gallery because it takes away the very essence of graffiti.
joseo_wilson says2015-02-12T12:29:19.807
You know in order for something to be displayed in a museum it hasto be considered a form of art and there is a museum for graffiti the museum of modern art in detroit, michigan
selena16 says2016-09-12T19:09:50.913
So you are saying the Supposedly artist who just put lines, dots or even splatter paint on paper are artist, when people who are showing real talent and detail rather than doing what a five year old can do are criminals?
selena16 says2016-09-12T19:15:28.210
Graffiti- Street Art
there is your definition.
nowiseeyou says2016-11-10T20:05:55.610
That's a long comment
wrk4654 says2017-10-24T15:46:46.673
Art is "the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects"-Merriam Webster Dictionary. Just because it is not done in a strictly legal sense doesn't conflict with any of the above properties of art. Just because you don't perceive it as art doesn't conflict with any of the above properties of art. Just because it is destructive rather than creative doesn't conflict with any of the above properties of art. Factually, graffiti is art.
wrk4654 says2017-10-24T15:46:55.937
Art is "the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects"-Merriam Webster Dictionary.

Just because it is not done in a strictly legal sense doesn't conflict with any of the above properties of art. Just because you don't perceive it as art doesn't conflict with any of the above properties of art. Just because it is destructive rather than creative doesn't conflict with any of the above properties of art. Factually, graffiti is art.
wandererofthesea says2019-02-23T01:26:28.723
Do artists need to make art on canvas? . . . When graffiti artists see a drab gray wall, They don't see a wall. They see a blank canvas waiting to be painted on. So the Mona Lisa is considered art. Why, Because it's painted on canvas and is put on display in a fancy museum? If Leonardo da Vinci had painted it on a random wall somewhere, What would've happened? And you say people should display graffiti in museums instead of on public walls. In the open, Much more people could see your art. In a museum, Only some could see it, And they have to pay money to get in. Graffiti on a public wall is available for everyone, Anytime.
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