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 contains 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. The library 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.