That is some amazing stuff! I'm particularly struck by the 3rd and 4th pictures from the bottom -- in particular the section featured in the 4th pic from the bottom. It's a great piece of design and execution.
Street art is the defining word for what you show. The ugly defacing tagging that is all over Oaxaca is depressing and upsetting. There was a real flowering of actual street art during the protests of '06. That was the only time the local government did anything about stopping or covering up graffiti.
Whenever I see wall art like some of that posted above, I am surprised at how many talented painters are out there. I talked to a couple of guys painting a wall near where I live and asked whether it wasn't difficult to spray with cans rather than do the details with a brush. They told me that the advantage of spray paint is that it dries right away so they can do several colours and layers in a short time.
As much as I dislike the scribbles and mindless defacing that is the usual case, I am really impressed with the skill and imagination of some of what I see. I Berlin last year I took lots of photos of the walls in the neighbourhood I stayed in (Kreuzberg) -- there was some great stuff there.
The link in Reply #7 is really an entire encyclopedia of street art! Note in the comments below the main article that there are further links posted by readers.
One thing that really struck me when looking through that compendium is that there is no naive/primitive/folk art whatsoever -- none. You'd think that a form with such an expedient canvas would have produced some talented unschooled artists, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Either that, or taggers who graduate to pictorial representation are getting trained by those already skilled in wall art, which considering level of design, mastery of principles of perspective, shading, etc., hardly seems possible.
Really excellent art, but I wonder how many artists actually painted temporary works on walls before they could be immortalized in color photographs.
There must have been a few, but I think it would have been too painful for most people to know that their works would disappear without a trace after so much work.
But aren't all street artists working under that stricture? At the beginning of this thread you pointed out that one of the best things in the group of walls you showed was one of the first things to be defaced, then eradicated.
From the very beginning of their careers, hit&run grafitti artists must accept the short life span of their work. Ha ~~ kind of flips the old saying, Ars longa, vita brevis.
I am sure the artwork above is very talented but I also find most of it quite disturbing. I wouldn't want to have to look out of my house at any of that. It's ok to pass it by once but neither would I like to have to walk past it every day. (NIMBY) (Not in my back yard).
We have an ongoing debate here in Tucson on what is "street art" and what is grafetti. Our city spends enormous amounts of money trying to get rid of the gang tags.
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The quality of street art in Paris is quite amazing, there's an ongoing graffitti wall near my home where people go and spray paint over whatever's been done before (rue Denoyez if you want to get your cameras out)
(argh) a phone. I lost my Coolpix in Nice a few years ago and didn't bother getting a new one. Maybe this could be an opportunity. There's also a street art exhibition at the Fondation Cartier (or there was, it may be over now)
Mainstream art has become such an inbred world of people trying desperately to seem clever in the narrrow range of whatever is currently deemed acceptable or simply fashionably obfuscate, these displays often speak to me far more than gallery art.