What is Street Art?

Many people know street art when they see it. But what it is and what it isn’t sometimes is unclear and often debatable at best. A definition of street art may be helpful. According to Wikipedia’s entry on the subject as of July 11, 2008, Street Art is defined as follows:

Street art is any art developed in public spaces — that is, “in the streets” — though the term usually refers to art of an illicit nature, as opposed to government sponsored initiatives.

The term can include traditional graffiti artwork, stencil graffiti, sticker art, wheatpasting and street poster art, video projection, art intervention, guerrilla art, flash mobbing and street installations.

Typically, the term Street Art or the more specific Post-Graffiti is used to distinguish contemporary public-space artwork from territorial graffiti, vandalism, and corporate art.