Adam Stoneman Considers why Ireland Needs Graffiti Art With a Message.
The question of whether graffiti counts as art or vandalism – or both, still divides the opinion of the average person on the graffiti covered street. However, the Irish cultural establishment has been less equivocal in embracing this countercultural practice. These days it is not uncommon for an ‘urban art’ event to be sponsored by a local council or business, and there are now legal walls designated for graffiti in many major Irish towns. It has also entered the galleries and museums; this February BaqsR and Crap have displayed their work in the Galway City Museum and stencil artist ADW held an exhibition at the Back Loft Gallery, Dublin in April. This follows recent major retrospective graffiti exhibitions at the Tate in London (2008) and the Foundation Cartier in Paris (2009). [Read more…]