Street Art: The Transfiguration of the Commonplaces

Nick Riggle
University of San Diego
According to Arthur Danto, post-modern or post-historical art began when artists like Andy Warhol collapsed the Modern distinction between art and everyday life by bringing “the everyday” into the artworld. I begin by pointing out that there is another way to collapse this distinction: bring art out of the artworld and into everyday life. An especially effective way of doing this is to make street art, which, I argue, is art whose meaning depends on its use of the street. I defend this definition and show how it handles graffiti and public art.
Keywords Street Art  Public Art  Contemporary Art  Aesthetics  Philosophy of Art  Arthur Danto  Graffiti  Modernism  Post-Modern Art
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Art and Painful Emotion.Matthew Strohl - 2019 - Philosophy Compass 14 (1):e12558.
Street Art: A Reply to Riggle.Andrea Baldini - 2016 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 74 (2):187-191.
Of Materiality and Meaning: The Illegality Condition in Street Art.Tony Chackal - 2016 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 74 (4):359-370.
Using the Street for Art: A Reply to Baldini.Nick Riggle - 2016 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 74 (2):191-195.
In Advance of the Broken Theory: Philosophy and Contemporary Art.Sherri Irvin & Julian Dodd - 2017 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 75 (4):375-386.

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