To be or not to be: Art

Graffiti art is an art form. The reasons as to why it is an art form far outweigh the criticism of its illegality and nonstandard presentation. The purpose of this paper is to explain how graffiti art overcomes these concerns and should be considered an art form.
Suppose that Leonardo, Monet, Picasso, or any other recognized artists of Western European culture were alive today and decided to paint a masterpiece on the side of your house. Would Picasso or Monet’s markings be considered art or vandalism? People;s answers may vary, but I would classify those markings as art in the form of graffiti. Their markings would qualify as vandalism only if they appeared on private or public property unauthorized.
Graffiti art originated in the late 1960’s and still isn't accepted as art like museum or gallery works. Graffiti art is not denied the status of genuine art because of a lack of form or skills, but is mainly due to its location and bold, unexpected presentation.
Graffiti is the plural form of the Italian word grafficar. In plural, grafficar stands for drawings, markings, patterns, scribbles, or messages that are painted, written, or carved on a surface. Grafficar also means “to scratch,” such as wall writings or bathroom scribbles. The present day definition has added that graffiti is unauthorized writings on a private or public property and is usually considered to be vandalism.
Modern graffiti art originated in New York City, and it was knownfirst as “New York Style” graffiti. This art form began in the late 1960’s when teens used permanent markers to write their names in subway cars.
In the 1970’s people began painting subway trains, starting the existence of subway art. Train painting became crucial to the development of graffiti art because this was the time when every artist wanted to be recognized. The visibility of the trains encouraged more people to try out this new form of art. Despite New York City…


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