New York's original generation of graffiti artists meets its (accidentally avant-garde) modern civic counterparts or competitors in this double bill exploring legal and illegal use of the city as an urban canvas.
USA 1984, Dir. Tony Silver, 69min
Tony Silver's groundbreaking documentary Style Wars focuses on New York's early 1980s hip-hop scene and its original graffiti artists who go to astonishing lengths to go âAll City,' transforming subway cars into mobile canvases.
The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal
USA 2001, Dir. Matt McCormick, 16min
Meanwhile Matt McCormick's contemporary short The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal concentrates on the act of municipal over-painting and the subconscious Abstract Expressionist and Minimalist âmasterpieces' that could be said to be created in the process.
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