April 7, 2014
College Prep English
Graffiti or Vandalism?
All around the world, you will find drawings on buildings. But they're not just regular drawings. It's known as Graffiti. Graffiti has its own characteristics. Not many people are fond with this type of "Art" as some call it. A question which concerns all graffiti artist and non graffiti artist, is it consider Art? Or is it consider Vandalism? In other terms, when is Graffiti art? and when is Graffiti Vandalism? They're many types of graffiti, most common one, is called Tagging. Tagging has been known to be found back in ancient Greece. When a common name was found all over Greece and Rome. Tagging has been blooming since the 1980's when Graffiti started to become more popular. Tagging has been seen on walls on New York buildings, trains, private property, mostly all over the state of New York.
Art has lots of different forms. However, its evaluation has become especially problematic since the twentieth century when controversial art forms such as graffiti became popular. Although graffiti is often regarded as a new form of art worthy of display in galleries, its value is still highly contested.
On the one hand, works produced by graffiti artists demonstrate a broad spectrum of personal and cultural expression therefore it is the way for people to express their talent. In addition, graffiti like any other art work takes vision, planning as well as lots of efforts. What is more, in many ways viewing graffiti art is very much like viewing contemporary art in a gallery and it is appreciated by many people.
On the other hand, graffiti is often seen as vandalism because instead of canvas graffiti artists choose train cars, bridges or public walls, which makes our cities look really ugly and run-down. Moreover, most of the graffiti you see on walls is a collection of swear words, gang names or just silly drawings. For many people graffiti is often associated with crime and...
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