Ross School - Senior Projects 2012


Student: Antony Benjamin Straus

Mentor: Todd French


Faculty Grader: Therese Lichtenstein




Documentation of Product


Title: Graffiti As Arts


My original project was to create a website that would show how graffiti went from an illegal form of art to an accepted form of art that would be seen in art museums and collections. In order to do this I needed to gather a lot of information so that I could backup my claims

            I planned to tell the story of the history of graffiti from BanksyÕs point of view as well as other artistÕs point of views. I have documented BanksyÕs graffiti from its inception until present time. My hope is that the viewers come away with a new insight into the life or artistic element of graffiti.

Final conclusion about graffiti is that it is art (due to the fact that you can see it in museums and galleries around the world means that it meets the criteria of being art, such as Graffiti expresses an underlying social and political message and genre of artistic expression.
















(Power point)


Exhibition & Presentation Summary


Coming up with an idea to start working on

Talking to people about my subject and getting ideas

Following my interest in art


Second round of research

Putting together my research

Making an outline for my paper

Going through my paper and editing it (over 5 times)

My final conclusion was that Graffiti is Art



Bibliography or Works Consulted


Works Cited Page

"Art in the Streets Written by Jeffrey Deitch, Roger Gastman and Aaron Rose - Rizzoli New York - Rizzoli New York." Rizzoli New York. Web. 15 Dec. 2011. <>.


"Artist-timeline." Jean-Michel Basquiat. Web. 14 Jan. 2012. <>.


"AWARENESS." OBEY CLOTHING. Web. 06 Jan. 2012. <>.


Banksy. Banksy. London: Century, 2005. Print.

"Banksy, Is Graffiti Art the New Political Cartoon?" THE GALLERISTA. Web. 15 Jan. 2012. <>.


"Banksy - Artists We Love - Share and Discover on" Shop.ArtWeLove : Fine Art, Finally Collectible. Web. 15 Jan. 2012. <>.

Bull, Martin, and Banksy. Banksy Locations & Tours. a Collection of Graffiti Locations and Photographs in London, England. Oakland, CA: PM, 2011. Print.




"BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Art Prankster Sprays Israeli Wall." BBC News - Home. Web. 14 Jan. 2012. <>.


"Breaking the Banksy: The First Interview with the World's Most Elusive Artist | Mail Online." Home | Mail Online. Web. 14 Jan. 2012. <>.


"Collection : Mocas First Thirty Years." MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Web. 14 Dec. 2011. <>.


"Contemporary Art Movements: History of Postmodernist Styles, Schools, Artist-Groups: 1960s-present." Art Encyclopedia: Visual Arts Guide To European, Irish, American Painting & Sculpture: Greatest Artists, Best Museums, History of Art Movements, Renaissance. Web. 23 Jan. 2012. <>.


"Exhibitions: Keith Haring: 1978‰€“1982." Brooklyn Museum: Keith Haring: 1978‰€“1982. Web. 04 Apr. 2012. <>.


 "Graffiti Art: An Essay Concerning The Recognition of Some Forms of Graffiti As Art."Graffiti Art. Web. 04 Apr. 2012. <>.


[1] "Graffiti." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 03 July 2012. Web. 07 Mar. 2012. <>.


"Is Banksy a Street Artist or Vandal?: Questioning the Boundaries of the Art of Graffiti |" Ben Cluse | Web. 19 Jan. 2012. <>.


"Keith_Haring_Teachers_Packet.pdf." Http:// Web. 4 Apr. 2012. <>.


Ryzik, Melena. "The Street Artist Shepard Fairey Moves Closer to the Mainstream but Is Still Rebellious -" The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. 14 Jan. 2012. Web. 14 Jan. 2012. <>.


"The Banksy Paradox: 7 Sides of the WorldÕs Most Infamous Street Artist | WebUrbanist." WebUrbanist | From Urban Art & 3D Graffiti to Abandoned Cities. Web. 14 Jan. 2012. <>.


Wright, Steve. Banksy's Bristol: Home Sweet Home : the Unofficial Guide. San Francisco: Last Gasp, 2007. Print.  


"What Is Street Art? Vandalism, Graffiti or Public Art- Part I | Art Radar Asia." Art Radar Asia | Contemporary Art Trends and News from Asia and beyond. Web. 19 Jan. 2012. <>.


Vandal, A. "Grafik: Timeline Of Graffiti And Street Art Influences |" | Blog FŸr StreetArt Und Urbane Kultur. Web. 19 Jan. 2012. <>.

^ "Marc Ecko Hosts "Getting Up" Block Party For NYC Graffiti, But Mayor Is A Hater".  

Wacławek, Anna. Graffiti and Street Art. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2011. Print.