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                                                                         ::: Port   

November 14 

 

Human beings have always left their mark on the places where they live. The earliest drawings were made on rocks and cave walls. One might say that making art is fundamental to being human. Writing on walls was very popular in early civilizations as visitors to Pompeii can clearly see.

 

‘Street Art’  as we know it today has its roots in 1960’s New York, where teenagers began writing their ‘street names’  or ‘tags’, on the walls around their neighbourhoods. Some of these ‘graffiti kids’ soon  became notorious and the competition for fame began in earnest. In the 1970s a new style of visual art was emerging alongside hip-hop music and break-dancing. Street Art was open to all and outside the control of the art

establishment.

 

By the late 70s some artists had begun to use stencils made from cardboard as a technique to achieve images that had a photographic quality. This technique also had the advantage that complex images could be created in private and ’put up’ in the street very quickly.  One of the most famous ‘stencillists’ was Blek Le Rat who began making his work on the streets of Paris in the early 1980s.

 

For a long time, due to the illegal nature of the act, Street Art was very much an underground activity, and the UK’s most famous protagonist Banksy is well know for maintaining his anonymity for this reason. Paradoxically, his notoriety has helped to move Street Art into the mainstream and his work is now protected and highly valued.

 

Over the last 20 years, Street Art has evolved to encompass a wide range of approaches. It has grown into a global art movement and gained acceptance by the art establishment. With street artists showing their work in art galleries and selling in the auction houses, one could argue that this exciting, and constantly evolving form of expression needs a new name.

 

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