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Of course, the names Street and Urban art are recent developments and have seductive connotations. But what do they indicate?

Their definitions and contradictions are wasted, reinforced by a growing curiosity on the part of the general public. Those multiple levels of processing and design that can allow these artistic currents to evolve; get out of the stereotype that oppresses their very definition; widen an imagination that today seems to be limited to graffiti or American writing, rather than politically engaged wall painting. Take a glance to the new experimentation in the Street Art field on Kooness. If you are a Street Art Lovers don't miss our latest article about Frank Shepard Fairey / OBEY!



Of course, the wall remains a protagonist, today as it was then, that is since when in prehistoric times it was chosen as an illustrative support for images depicting hunting scenes, magic rituals and propitiatory, or simple signs of a passageBut history teaches us that behind a simple wall art, fresco, graffiti or stencil, there is much more. A memory that wishes to leave a trace, a voice, a preparatory study that uses different techniques and media, a performative and intimate moment between the idea and its realization. During the twentieth century, many artists felt the necessity to leave predefined places like churches or aristocratic palaces, to find more inspiration from a more popular culture. No more stereotyped representations or an already pre-established iconographic language, but a completely new glossary of subjects. The real turning point was linked with the new political mutation after the Second World War, together with this new air of freedom claimed by various political movements. Especially in the ’60s or ’70s, better known as the period of “sixty-eight”, when different student movements in France, USA, South America and Italy completely changed the popular vision of the family - politics - female role - human rights.  



Before the official birth of what we call “Street Art” there were outsiders and eclectic artists who wrote on the walls with an awareness that the city can be a huge gallery, museum or merely a free stage for communicating to a large public their ideas and fresh artistic visions. This is the moment of “Urban Art”, when a capital like Paris becomes the ideal place for experimentation for large wall artwall art canvas and modern wall art: first with Daniel Buren, Christo, Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Gérard Zlotykamien, then with artists such as Jeff Aerosol or Blek le Rat. While in the cities of the eastern United States, artists such as John Fekner, Richard Hambleton, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in what will be known as “graffiti”. 

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So… “Street Art” evolves from "Wall Art" - “Pop Art” - “Graffiti Art” and “Urban Art”, but develops deeper themes. Many "writers", having reached an artistic maturity, have moved on to this fantastic genre. The birth of this movement cannot be traced back to a precise date, as a global art knowing exactly where or with whom it started is really difficult. The origin can still be traced back to the seventies in the city of New York.

The public interest in "street art" exploded around 2000, thanks also to Banksy and his stencils. Since then, numerous books have been printed that deal with the topic, making “Street Art” a marketing company. The impact of “Street Art” and metropolitan culture on the public imagination is now evident! Increasingly, in fact, “Street Art” influences products and advertising campaigns, bringing this "street culture" into the mainstream in a growing tunnel of exhibitions, thematic events, occasions for artists and the public to easily come into contact even in institutional places also thanks to new experimentation like 3d wall art. 

Here is a list with few names of the most influenced street artists: Bansky, Blu, Shepard Fairey, JR, Swoon, Ericailcane, Bros, C215, Invader, Jorith Agoch, Steve McCurry, Alice Pasquini, Ozmo, Faith 47.


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