Daily Archives: August 18, 2011

Aerosol and Institutions: Graffiti Art, the Street and Commercial Galleries

I recently attended an artist’s talk at the Elliot Louis Gallery held in conjunction with their exhibition Letters: A Drawing Show by 7 Graffiti Artists. This exhibition featured a wide variety of paintings, prints, and drawings created by several local street artists whose work is relatively unknown in the Vancouver commercial art world. Of interest in the discussion was the notion of ‘legitimacy,’ which was ascribed to the featured artists by the moderator. The moderator, who represented the gallery, used the term ‘legitimate’ in the sense that the artists in the show were working legally, as opposed to graffiti artists who ‘exhibit’ on private and public property.

YouTube still from “It’s All About Art: Letters”

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