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Over the last two decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the popularity of artists using urban and public spaces as their medium.  While this artistic form, termed “Street Art”, is still considered a form of vandalism by most city authorities, the art has become mainstream and is appreciated by enthusiasts from different socio-economic groups. There are best-selling compendiums of Street Art images, documentaries about Street Art and the attempts by artists to capitalize on the popularity of this medium, and some cities have created areas where the production of Street Art is legal and encouraged. Street artists such as Banksy and Shepard Fairey have become well-known names and have large online support groups.

 

This library contains information related to Street Art, examples of Street Art from different urban areas, discussions of different characteristics of regional Street Art, and documentaries.  It also contain resources that examine the relationship between tagging, gangs, and Street Art.  It also provides resources that discuss the complex copyright issues that surround the Street Art movement. It is designed to introduce users to the complex world of Street Art and provide resources for the study of this growing and complex art movement.

 

Collection Policy:

For this collection we chose items that represented Street Art in different major urban environment, but we also wanted to represent the city in which the collection originated, Milwaukee.  We chose articles, images, and films that show the complexity of Street Art and some of the prblems that are being negotiated within the Street Art movement regarding copyright and definition of the medium itself.  We chose both iconic, well known images and artists along with relatively unknown artists.  The films discuss not only the movement, but some of the attempted gentrification of thr movement, such as the success of Mister Brainwash in exploiting the medium for monetary gain.  Though we could not be comprehensive due to project specifications, the items contained in this collection provide a useful introduction to Street Art for users.

 

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