Monday, May 25, 2009
But Is It Art?
While doing the gallery run in Chelsea recently, I was taken with the local graffitti. Frankly, it was better than some of the stuff I saw in many of the galleries. I expected to see graffitti in NYC and that these examples were hanging about outside formal galleries on otherwise unremarkable walls and doors made it all seem very acceptable. My new best-blogger-friend, Owen, has a posting about graffitti as well so I thought I'd slam my own collection up sooner rather than later. What's not posted here are two examples of graffitti art gone mainstream: 2 articles of clothing sporting Basquiat drawings that C & I bought at the Soho branch of the trendy Japanese clothing store Uniqlo . So when is graffitti "art" and when is it just defacement...and who decides? I guess if you came by with a can of spray paint and doodled all over my house I'd know what to call it!