I think with everything, it is all about motive..authentic motives. I
doubt the artists of the petroglyphs were 'tagging' someone else's
property. Authentic aethestic ideas are large questions to be asked
with modern art as well, I believe. Crumpling up paper and throwing it
on the ground....what's the idea or motive behind it? Is it 'modern'
I would imagine the creators of the petroglyphs were endeavoring to
express honor and respect...I doubt much of that went on behind your
From: Woody Duncan [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, October 25, 2006 1:35 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Grafitti-Total Freedom?
There is a large area west of Albuquerque full of petroglyphs. It is
considered sacred art now. At one time was it just grafitti ?
It is now a 17 mile long national monument. It is protected by law.
long political struggle to put a road through a small portion of it.
one way to begin a discussion with your students. If Aesthetics is part
of your curriculum, this is a question to begin with. How is this
different from the back wall of a 711 in your neighborhood ?
On Oct 25, 2006, at 12:13 PM, Jen Ellis wrote:
> Um...I do have grafitti on my garage...in fact the whole back of my
> Again, I think we are in agreement on the markings made by gang
> members, which was what I meant by names scrawled quickly.
> So to get back on topic here, since we know grafitti as being illegal,
> how does one feel about Keith Haring? We all know he started as a
> grafitti artist in subways....it is Ok because it is mostly chalk? Is
> it not OK? In art history how is this discussed to students?
> I guess this artist illustrates my point earlier on how it address
> problems and concerns of the city. (and why I see it as part of the
> city speaking in a way)
> Comments? I would love to hear some feedback on this.
> Jen-Cleveland, OH
Woody, Retired in Albuquerque