Curating street art

After being largely ignored for decades, street art is being increasingly assimilated by society and the art system. Numerous artists who started their careers working anonymously in public space are now being commissioned to create pieces for galleries, museums and collections. This text looks at the differences between producing art in public space without permission and producing art for the gallery, and at the possible approaches to curating street art in ways meaningfully related to the values of independent street art. [read more]


From street art to murals, what have we lost?

The big, institutional murals that have become common in the last five years are often referred to as street art. This use of the term creates confusion, since there are clear and fundamental differences between these murals and the smaller, unsanctioned works we used to call street art in the past decade. This text identifies the differences between these two practices, and is at the same time a detailed account of the qualities that make street art unique. [read more]


Graffiti or street art: Julio 204 and Daniel Buren in 1968

Although graffiti and street art are different games, with different practitioners and audiences, both are often perceived by the general public as parts of the same thing. This text looks at the earliest cases in both currents to investigate the aspects that define and separate them, and also offers a brief introduction to the illegal street work that founded the career of French artist Daniel Buren. [read more]