Vol. 12 No. 2 (2019): Bodies and cultures. How we become ourselves

Street Art and the New Status of the Visual Arts

Graziella Travaglini
Università degli Studi di Urbino
Published November 13, 2019
  • street art;,
  • Visual Arts;,
  • Walter Benjamin ;,
  • Image;
How to Cite
Travaglini, G. (2019). Street Art and the New Status of the Visual Arts. Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 12(2), 177-194. https://doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-10747


This paper explores the «nature» of street art, highlighting its innovative features, the new socio-political status, and the differences between this emerging art form and dominant trends in contemporary visual art. This examination builds on the premise that artistic phenomena can only be considered from a critical perspective that situates questioning within a historical and specific gaze. Therefore, my aim is not to place this art movement within categorial boundaries, identifying the necessary and eternally true characteristics of street art, but to identify the motives and tendencies that constitute it as a movement that runs against the dominant orientations in contemporary art. Building on this comparative analysis, the construens part of this paper explores the salient features of street art more thoroughly and more extensively, through an examination of the works of certain street artists.


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