Project Description

Curating street art

Published in Lisbon in December 2017

After being largely ignored for decades, street art has in the last ten years been increasingly assimilated by society and the art system. Numerous artists who started their career working anonymously in public space are now being commissioned to create pieces for galleries, museums and collections. This paper looks at the differences between producing art in public space without permission and producing art for the gallery, and at the possible approaches to the commission of gallery artworks related to the street practice of an artist. It ends with an analysis of the problems and possibilities of commissioning pieces to be produced in the street without permission.

The article was published in December 2017 in the Vol 3 Nº2 of the Street Art and Urban Creativity Scientific Journal.

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The printed version of the journal is available here.