Art Term

Street art

Street art is related to graffiti art in that it is created in public locations and is usually unsanctioned, but it covers a wider range of media and is more connected with graphic design

Jenny Holzer, ‘[no title]’ 1979–82
Jenny Holzer
[no title] 1979–82
© Jenny Holzer, member/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Where modern-day graffiti revolves around ‘tagging’ and text-based subject matter, street art is far more open. There are no rules in street art, so anything goes. However common materials and techniques include fly-posting (also known as wheat-pasting), stenciling, stickers, freehand drawing and projecting videos.

Street artists will often work in studios, hold gallery exhibitions or work in other creative areas: they are not anti-art, they simply enjoy the freedom of working in public without having to worry about what other people think.

Many well-known artists started their careers working in a way that we would now consider to be street art, for example, Gordon Matta-Clark, Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger.

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23 May – 25 Aug 2008
Street Art past exhibition at Tate Modern
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Street & Studio: An Urban History of Photography

22 May – 31 Aug 2008
Street & Studio: An Urban History of Photography at Tate Modern 22 May – 31 September 2008