History and Purpose of Street Art

Street art is now not restricted to the narrow alleys and passages. It has come a long way from the urban spaces to the galleries, public spaces and of course the art discourses. In fact, it is a symbolism of the worldwide contemporary art scene and it can be said that it has developed a sub-culture of its own.


History of Street Art:

Street arts earliest exhibits were on the train cars and walls in the 1920’s era and it was the work of gangs in New York. But the most significant evolution of the street art was in the 70’s and 80’s when it was taken up as a weapon for expression of words by the youngsters mostly to fight against the injustice meted out by the political establishments. Thus the street art or graffiti gained notoriety as a destructive and illegal activity and along with it began the evolution of street art into various forms and artistic expressions.

Purpose of Street Art:

The distinction in the street art comes in the form of legal permission. Painted graffiti, if permitted is considered public art. If it is without permission, then the artists are committing vandalism and are subject to be initiated with legal proceedings. But the point not to be missed here is that many of the unpermitted street arts have become popular and their artists have been celebrated and glorified. The Slave Labour and Flying balloon Girl are the top street arts of the famous artist Banksy while The Crocodile is many of such wonderful creations of the creative artist Phlegm.

Celebrate this movement of art expression in the form of street art.

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