Is the Art World Ready for Graffiti?
by Steven Hager
EPUB ISBN 978-1-4661-1782-2
copyright 2012 by Steven Hager
Originally published in 1981
Published by Steven Hager at Smashwords
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Writers photograph their work before leaving the yard; publicity photo from the 1983 PBS film Style Wars.
They started as outlaws, invading the subway yards by night, armed with fists full of magic markers and sacks full of spray paint. More than a decade later, the graffiti writers, as they call themselves, are still waging a guerrilla war against the Metropolitan Transit Association (MTA), which spends millions of dollars each year to erase their fanciful handiwork. Lately, though, the more ambitious writers have acquired a new, above-ground cachet, and a new audience for their efforts. With the encouragement of some influential gallery owners and collectors, the subway scrawlers are making a serious bid to be accepted into the art world.