Street Art: A Reply to Riggle


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Andrea Baldini
NanJing University
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In this paper, I critically discuss Riggle’s definition of street art. I argue that his definition has important limitations, and is therefore unsuccessful. I show that his view obscures a defining feature of street art, that is, its subversive power. As a significant consequence of ignoring that essential aspect, Riggle is incapable of fully understanding how street art transforms public space by turning one corner of the city at the time into contested ground. I also suggest that, when appreciating street art's subversiveness, its challenge against the Modern separation of art and life appears more radical than Riggle foresees.
Keywords street art  graffiti  Banksy  Shepard Fairey  Dewey  pragmatist aesthetics  political art
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DOI 10.1111/jaac.12261
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Art as Experience.John Dewey - 1934 - Journal of Philosophy 31 (10):275-276.
Street Art: The Transfiguration of the Commonplaces.Nick Riggle - 2010 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 68 (3):243-257.
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Using the Street for Art: A Reply to Baldini.Nick Riggle - 2016 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 74 (2):191-195.
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