Graffiti V. Modern Art

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Robert Allen
compare & contrast essay
1st hour english 4
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Modern Art or Graffiti

Have you ever wondered what graffiti is? How about why modern art looks like it does? Have you ever thought to your self if graffiti and modern art could be compared or contrasted? Well, here's your answer.

Modern art, like graffiti, is based on style, but in modern art the style is mainly based on the time, not based on expression. In modern art there are many styles a few of such as impressionism, fauvism, cubism, futurism, and abstract expression, while in graffiti there are five main ones, tagging, throw ups, semi-wildstyle, wildstyle, and 3-d wildstyle.

Modern are started as a western movement in painting and printing in the late 19th century and then changed during world war I when the era was concidered as post-war art. Graffiti started in the east by “Cornbread” and “Cool Earl” in the 1960's, graffiti started as “tagging”, or writing your name on a surface. In the 1970's graffiti had a creative twist when “Super Kool” created the first masterpiece using a modified spray can that had a larger cap, once other graffiti artists learned how to modify their cans style wars was born. The most remembered battle was between to artists by the names “Riff” and “Stan 153” who battled for weeks until they met and called a truce. These two artists were concidered style masters while they worked together on a couple of masterpieces until an artist (the name of the artist is unknown) created the first three-dimensional piece.

Unlike graffiti, modern art never really had any hard times. Graffiti started to die when the M.T.A. Started to clean the trains that had graffiti on them. Any train that had graffiti on had to be cleaned within 24 hours before the train was moved, this discouraged graffiti artists in the cities and artists that were just starting out. Most of the major graffiti artists quit their art and focused on getting their lives on...
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