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STREET

ART

WE DECLARE
THE WORLD
AS OUR CANVAS
ABIGAIL MERRELL
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WHAT IS STREET ART?
Art created in
public locations
Outside of the
context of
traditional art
venues
The term gained
popularity during
the graffiti art
boom of the early
1980s
EARLY GRAFFITI:
THE ANCIENTS

Greeks, Romans, and
Egyptians carved graffiti
Included love declarations
and political statements
Many of the preserved
ancient graffiti are
advertisements for
prostitution
Political cartoon graffiti
preserved in Pompeii
EARLY GRAFFITI:
WORLD WAR II
US Soldiers drew the
Kilroy Was Here
graffiti where they
were stationed,
encamped, or visited
It became a national
joke... The
outrageousness of the
graffiti was not so
much what it said, but
where it turned up."
EARLY GRAFFITI:
NYC GRAFFITI BOOM
New York City
Political activists
and gang members
in the 1960s and
1970s
Centered mostly in
the Bronx
Tagging became
popular


GRAFFITI BECOMES
STREET ART
In the 1980s, work
became less text
based, more
conceptual and
image based
Wheatpaste poster
art and stencil art
began to grow
Graffiti became a
valid form of fine art
Shadowman 1982
GODFATHER OF
STREET ART:
RICHARD
HAMBLETON
Notary 1983
GODFATHER OF
STREET ART:
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT
Tuttomondo 1989, Pisa
GODFATHER OF
STREET ART:
KEITH
HARING
ACTIVITY
We will design our individual graffiti tags
Tags are meant to be a signature
It can include:
Your name
Initials
A significant number
A simple shape or symbol
EXAMPLES OF TAGS
Sketch several ideas for your
tag
STEP 1
STEP 2
Finalize
a basic
design.
STEP 3
Add dimension and
color