Photo: Sebastian Moody

The hand that feeds: Graffiti and authenticity in contemporary brand culture

In recent years it has become increasingly common for contemporary artists to work closely with commercial companies. This relationship is largely an uncomfortable one, and nowhere is it perceived as more awkward or pronounced than with graffiti culture and street art. Art and commerce have always had a relationship, so why is the relationship between street-based art forms and commercial interests so frowned upon?

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