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Author: Wood,Alix
Publisher: Gareth Stevens
Year Published: 2015
ISBN: 9781482422818
Grades: Grade 4, Grade 6

But is it Art? Graffiti

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“The style of graffiti art is used…not just on walls. Fashion, CD covers, and logos..often use graffiti style.”
One in a series of six books titled But is it Art? this book would make an excellent addition to any school library or art school, as it ponders the question whether what we call art, is art.  This book explores whether graffiti is indeed art or just vandalism. Readers are presented with different perspectives through questions and examples. This book is the most controversial of the books in this series. It defines vandalism and the two types of graffiti, illegal and legal. It asks “Does it Matter…what, where and why?” graffiti is created.  Well known graffiti artists and examples of graffiti e.g. street art, fashion, and art for art’s sake, are shared. This book provides art teachers with a resource to discuss and develop their own style of graffiti. The argument of whether graffiti is or is not art, is listed at the end of the book for readers to discuss and ponder.
The vibrant format of the book includes short paragraphs, lists of ideas, (What do you think?) questions, Arty Facts, and colourful photographs. The table of contents, glossary, book/website lists help readers access information easily. The publisher’s disclaimer to educators/parents states that websites were reviewed for suitability at the time of the printing of the book, but take no account for possible changes or links that go beyond the recommended websites. The text is easily accessible to upper elementary students. Graffiti evokes strong sentiments because it is often viewed as vandalism. As a result, few graffiti artists are identified, unlike other artists named in this book series.
Recommended for Art classes from upper elementary to high school.

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