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The street art scene is growing as well and is probably the most questionable form of art if you ask a lot of people. While some find it brilliant that grey walls are decorated with graffiti, bringing colour in a dull everyday life, lots of people find those graffiti tasteless, awful and consider it to be vandalism and not a form of art.
Art always has been questionable and it depends on the person whether it is considered a great form of art or not. Lots of painters, who struggled throughout their whole lifes, nearly starving themselves while pursuing their art, are now considered being genius and their paintings are now, now that they are death, worth millions. Lots of installations and sculptures you find in the Tate modern, I would not consider art. A pile of dirty clothes in an empty room= art? I don’t think so.
I was once joking that I could leave a plastic bottle in one of the exhibition rooms and if I would put a tag next to it with a title and the name of an artist on it, that people would stand around and talk and analyze the object. And I am pretty sure it would work.
The street art scence in London is great.
“art in public spaces — that is, “in the streets” — though the term usually refers to unsanctioned art, as opposed to government sponsored initiatives. The term can include traditional graffiti artwork, sculpture, stencil graffiti, sticker art, wheatpasting and street poster art, video projection, art intervention, guerrilla art, and street installations. Typically, the term street art or the more specific post-graffiti is used to distinguish contemporary public-space artwork from territorial graffiti, vandalism, and corporate art.
Artists have challenged art by situating it in non-art contexts. ‘Street’ artists do not aspire to change the definition of an artwork, but rather to question the existing environment with its own language. They attempt to have their work communicate with everyday people about socially relevant themes in ways that are informed by esthetic values without being imprisoned by them.[“
What is a must-do if you are in London on the first Wednesday of a month, is going to an open gallery night in East London. It is a big event where artists open their studio spaces to the public, sell drinks and have a small exhibition. Sometimes you get special acts, like singers, bands or small drama acts or people reading out poetry.
The atmosphere feels very exclusive, like you are included in some kind of special insider crowd. But everyone is free to go.