Street Art: The Transfiguration of the Commonplaces

Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 68 (3):243-257 (2010)
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According to Arthur Danto, post-modern or post-historical art began when artists like Andy Warhol collapsed the Modern distinction between art and everyday life by bringing “the everyday” into the artworld. I begin by pointing out that there is another way to collapse this distinction: bring art out of the artworld and into everyday life. An especially effective way of doing this is to make street art, which, I argue, is art whose meaning depends on its use of the street. I defend this definition and show how it handles graffiti and public art.



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