From its inception, street art was meant to be transgressive: its rise in the 1970s as a subculture phenomenon was out of rebellion against urban blight, poverty, and failures of the modern world structure. Today, street art can be found on buildings, sidewalks, street signs and trash cans all across the world, from Tokyo to Paris to New York City. Contemporary street art is one of the most influential movements of recent history with roots in graffiti culture, pop art, and community muralism. It can take many different forms (e.g. paintings, sculptures, cloth, stickers, etc.) and has developed into an international movement supported by websites, artist communities, and even art museums and galleries. Its powerful impact on our lives is due to its location, content and innovative techniques.
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