Contemporary street art: from act of rebellion to celebrated art form
Once a maligned illicit activity, street art has evolved to become a valued and respected form of artistic expression – not to mention a highly lucrative industry. Due in part to the creative, intelligent works by artists like Banksy and Shepard Fairey, contemporary street art has been recognised for its artistic value, social message, and the vision and inventiveness of some of its proponents.
Works by prominent artists in this area, many of whom have gained a cult following, are fetching thousands of dollars, and their shows are attended by celebrities and prominent art collectors wanting a piece of the action.
Contemporary street art can take many forms, including street installations or sculptures, stencil graffiti, sticker art, and wheat-pasted poster art. More modern incarnations also include yarn bombing and video projections. Really, the possibilities are limited only by the imagination of the artist – and just checking out some examples of this art form online will show you that they certainly aren’t lacking in imagination!