PARIS, Oct. 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- With a new auction record of $12.2 million hammered at the beginning of October, street artist Banksy definitely stands out on the Art Market. But don't forget that earlier this year, in April, Kaws – another artist from the graffiti scene – reached a new record of $14.8 million in Hong Kong. And what about Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring?
Despite Banksy's incognito status, Street Art is no longer an anonymous art form; who hasn't heard of Sherpard Fairey (Obey) or Invaders? Who doesn't know Stik's little men? From the Berlin Wall to Wynwood (Miami), Street Art is not only tolerated by local authorities, it has become an attraction and even a 'must-see' for tourists. For the Art Market, the street has become a kind of hothouse incubator.
thierry Ehrmann, founder /CEO of ArtMarket.com and its Artprice department: "Long considered an illegal practice, Street Art has become the height of luxury and is now collected by movie stars : Brad Pitt, Pharrell Williams, Leonardo DiCaprio. Basquiat sometimes repainted the walls of his friends' apartments… Who would complain about that today? It's in the nature of man – and especially of political authorities – to complain first, and then, after observing the reactions of amateurs and professionals to finally accept. The Art Market is usually well ahead of public recognition. There's an obvious parallel with the history of the Abode of Chaos, ArtMarket.com's head office, which is following a similar path. Now a cutting edge Contemporary Art Museum, its vision is perfectly captured in Julien Bouisset's latest article in the French Magazine Nouvel Observateur: The Abode of Chaos, a prototype of tomorrow's museum".
The 75 edition of France's Special Journal of Companies (Journal spécial des Sociétés) explores the legal landscape surrounding Street Art with an issue entitled "Street Art at the crossroads of the Law" (Le street art au carrefour des droits). In her introductory article, Françoise Labarthe explains: "Today, the notion of Street Art or Urban Art is no longer solely linked to its physical location. It has become a 'movement', a way of expressing oneself. Indeed, an artist can be described as a street artist without having ever painted in the street. The notion has become completely flexible, applying to work that is now exposed in galleries and is the subject of "Urban Art Fairs", crossing from criminal and delinquent to legal… from stigma and disapproval to recognition... from the ephemeral to the perennial."
The same edition contains an interview with street artist Miss.Tic who, in answer to the question "Do you think Urban Art still has a transgressive or clandestine nature?" says "Like all movements, at first they are transgressive, then they become official. I was part of the transgressive phase, but today, Street Art has lost this dimension. Of course, the content can be subversive… my thoughts can be too... but street painting is only subversive if it steps beyond the acceptable, without prior permission"... adding, "The street can act as a spotlight; but today it has also become a market and an economy."
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