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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.

Part 1: The Original Story from 1981

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.

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