Essay on Graffiti And Commodification Culture : An Analysis

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Graffiti and Commodification Culture: an Analysis From eye-catchingly vivid, rainbow hued designs spread across facades of brick and stone, to illegible names and phrases haphazardly scrawled in subway cars and on stop signs, graffiti is meant to be seen. In a world where even art is commodified -- fine art pieces can fetch up to 300 million dollars in auctions – graffiti symbolizes to many a tactical form of resistance against consumerism in art and society. Although graffiti artists who do legal work for pay illustrates even graffiti’s vulnerability to the influence of commodification and consumer culture, the art form still manages to remain mostly in the realm of non-commodification and anti-hegemonic ideals through its illegal nature and origins among the minority, lower class, and generally dispossessed youth who seek to challenge societal norms through their art. Graffiti, although typically viewed as a modern phenomenon primarily existing in urban settings, has existed since ancient times. Examples of crude scratchings or elaborate paintings on public walls have been found that date back to ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire. In modern times, graffiti can range from a young couple memorializing their love by writing their names in wet cement to giant murals created on the side of buildings using aerosol spray paint; this analysis focuses on the later form, which originated from urban hip hop culture and has since branched out to many areas of American culture.…

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