Street art attracts young talents who want to make a name for themselves in the art industry. The big names in urban art are also making a considerable effort to promote this artistic trend. How is street art evolving in France, in Europe and on a global scale?
Street art: art in the street
Street art is an artistic movement that was born in America in the 1930s. This discipline was born from the will of American artists to promote art. The main goal of the art project called “Federal Art Project” of this time is mainly to tell the authorities that visual art can be a job in its own right. For the initiators of this project, the artists can be actors of development. Also, the visual arts that they create are saleable and can very well bring in money for the artists.
In France, street art was introduced to the general public by artists such as Yves Klein, Gérard Zlotykamien or Ernest Pignon. Since then, the street art trend has attracted budding artists. This artistic trend is experiencing a considerable boom. The field of action is no longer limited to figurative art, but also embraces other areas such as trade and advertising.
Expression tool of the youth
Among the artistic movements, the street art fashion is the one that speaks the most to the youth. For them, it is a nice way to externalize their vision of the world, their vision of the societal organization, and their artistic talents.
In the 1990s in France, urban art is related to the cultural movement that is Hip-hop. The followers of this culture promote rap music, street fashion, break dancing, human beatbox, and graffiti. And it is in graffiti that Hip Hop followers reveal their talent as painters and graphic designers. Nevertheless, young people feed on this will of freedom and emancipation and make graffiti on walls, houses and fences without taking into account the rules which govern the public space and the life in society.
Street art in the public space
As its name suggests, street art is done in public spaces. For a better promotion of the street art fashion, the followers of this artistic movement must nevertheless conform to the rules of the society. Specifically, graffiti, stencils and stickers must be drawn or placed on supports set by the city authorities.
Hence, street-art is already institutionalized. It is then possible to make graffiti or prints on canvas and to expose its works in museums and galleries. This is one of the forms of development of street-art.