• Shalini Guha

Street Art

Street Art is an independent form of art under visual arts genre, created in the public space for the access and views of the common public. It is often mistaken to be Public Art when it is not.

The term ‘Guerrilla Art’ is another way to describe Street Art. They both are done anonymously or under the name of the artist for confronting the social issues and raising awareness. Street art emphasized a political message, usually one of protest, and continued to place art in nontraditional venues.

Earlier, this form of Art was used to give personal statements but now it has moved to new forms from graffiti and vandalism to messages by the artists or just for beauty, for the people or targeted audience.

“Art is an evolutionary act. The shape of art and its role in society is constantly changing. At no point is art static. There are no rules.”
-Raymond Salvatore Harmon,BOMB: A Manifesto of Art Terrorism

The earliest expressions of street art, certainly started showing up on the sides of train cars and walls. This was the work of gangs in the 1920s and 1930s New York.

1970s and 1980s New York City witnessed the graffiti boom, a time when artists influenced by rap, hip-hop, punk, and new wave countercultures took to the streets to communicate with members of their private groups.

In the 1980s, there was a shift in its form from being text based to visually conceptual street art. At Bronx, subway trains with full car spray-painted murals became the peak for Street Art.

“Blank walls are a shared canvas and we're all artists.”
-Carla H Krueger

Street Art is supposed to be the ultimate in democratized art; seen by everyone, owned by no-one. But this hasn't stopped a Banksy becoming the movement's ultimate collectible; with celebrities including Justin Bieber, Serena Williams and Angelina Jolie, having acquired the elusive artist’s work.

Now, Street Art is also used commercially such as advertising. Keith Haring was among the firsts of street artists to transit from streets to mainstream art world.

“Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place. Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place.”
-Banksy,Wall and Piece

The Beautification Movement is an initiative taken up by organizations and individuals, actively throughout the world. The underlying motive behind Street Art, the belief that ART should function against of, and sometimes outside of the authoritative system of laws, property and ownership. Accessibility, rather than hidden away in galleries, museums, and private collections, is the belief of the Artists innovating this form. Street Art should be empowering, diversified and democratic, for all people should be able to create and view Art

Street Artists:Lee Quiñones, Lady Pink, Banksy, Yantr, Katharina Grosse, Tyler, AVANT, TAKI 183, Kartikey Sharma and many others.

Let's Bee Canvas also believes and does its part in the Indian Beautification Movement as a part of Swach Bharat Abhyan

We have also organised the Largest Street Art Workshop at Viman nagar Pune, Maharashtra India

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