Art Industry Issue, Graffiti as Art

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Studio Art - James Borg
Question 7-Identify an art industry issue that you have studied this year.
-Identify and describe key ideas and/or concerns in the issue.
-What do you think about the issue.
Art Industry Issue
-Is graffiti becoming more of a crime than art and how can it be controlled.

Graffiti originated in New York in the late 1970s. It started off with locals writing their names on walls and subway train just for fame. Before and after that though there were other types of graffiti such as political statements. Graffiti these days is mostly "tagging" which is the act of marking a surface with a quick scrawl, stencils are common in the city and large aerosol pieces are usually found alongside train lines.

The main issue dealing with graffiti these days is how to prevent it. At the same time there are parties that argue we need graffiti and it is an important form of art. Most people trying to prevent graffiti are usually only against the art being produced illegally, that is on private property without permission of the owner.

The main argument against graffiti is that it is mainly tagging and it has no brains behind it all. None of it has any meaning. It is so called art that is only for the hip-hop community. The tags make everything look disgusting because it is messy and unreadable. It gives the impression that the councils do not care. It costs around $200,000 a year to remove from walls and public transport, this money could be better spent. Graffiti is a crime and attracts more crime and gangs. Owners that have had their property vandilised by graffiti artists would want to move some where else. Graffiti on shop windows is bad business.

There have been a range of ideas presented to support graffiti in a good way and prevent it from occurring illegally. Ideas already in practice are •Designating "high tolerance zones" in lanes in Melbourne CBD (Central Business District), such as Hosier Lane. The purpose of...
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