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The Best of Street Art
Street Art refers to any medium of visual art in a public location that is outside of sanctioned art venues. This art form exploded in the 1980s with the advent of graffiti and has only taken off since. Usually, street art appeals to the masses, communicating relevant social issues while aesthetically captivating many. Street art's origins can therefore be traced back to World War II, during which time artists took to the streets to express their discontent. Yet, individuals long before this have used the urban life as their canvas, even going back to the 1700's with Joseph Kyselak of Vienna. European Revolutionaries provide a strong back-bone to the street art movement. Utilizing stencils and busy streets, some spread propaganda and expressed their opinions via this art form.
Many of these artists are world travelers, spreading their talent with a somewhat underground following. Some even make the transition to the modern art world, showcasing their art in museums and galleries. However, a large majority of these artists remain unknown. While millions view their pieces they continue to hide in the darkness, sharing their talent on a global scale.
Lately, this art work has taken on a whole new meaning. Optical illusions and 3D street art have taken center stage around the world. With names like Edgar Mueller, these pieces catch the eyes of millions.