"If you want to be an artist, buy a canvas."

A story about the first major survey on graffiti and street art, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, brings up some worthwhile questions. How does the picture of an emergent artform change when museums enter in? What happens when ‘having permission’ becomes a factor?

Man One also said street art created without permission could have redeeming value.

“The way I always look at it: Is it done with permission or without permission? That’s what it comes down to for me. But either way it can be art,” he added. “Not all of it is art, but sometimes there are some beautiful things that go up without permission.”

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