The Case Against Graffiti


Heather Mac Donald takes issue with MOCA’s new director Jeffrey Deitch, his premiere exhibit, Art in the Streets, and graffiti's appropriation into the art world:

The violence that afflicts minority neighborhoods is frequently tied to the graffiti cult. Graffiti apologists insist on the distinction between “bad” graffiti produced by gangs and “good” graffiti produced by tagging crews, allegedly dedicated solely to tagging. The distinction is phony. “The line between tagging and gangbanging is very thin now,” says [former tagger Ivan] Gonzalez. “Young taggers today are not hesitant to carry guns and shoot people like everyone else.” And when cops bust a large tagging crew, they usually find fugitives wanted on outstanding warrants for car theft, assault, and drug trafficking.

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