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When discussing the topic of graffiti the main question most people have is whether graffiti is art or vandalism Before we can answer this there are many more questions that must be answered What is art What is graffiti What is vandalism Is there a point at which graffiti becomes vandalism and if so who decides where Only after these questions have been answered can anyone accurately decide whether it is art or vandalism What is art Merriam-Websters dictionary defines it as art as painting sculpture or music concerned primarily with the creation of beautiful objects Within just these three broad categories of art there are many more subcategories in each Additionally there are other categories of art such as architectural photographic and digital art The main problem with art is the broadness of its scope and the general belief that it is in the eyes of the beholder which allows for a lot of discrepancy from one individual to another Robert J Belton best describes this in the following passage Any brief definition of art would oversimplify the matter but we can say that all the definitions offered over the centuries include some notion of human agency whether through manual skills as in the art of sailing or painting or photography intellectual manipulation as in the art of politics or public or personal expression as in the art of conversation Recall that the word is etymologically related to artificial -- ie produced by human beings Since this embraces many types of production that are not conventionally deemed to be art perhaps a better term for them would be visual culture This would explain why certain preindustrial cultures produce objects that Eurocentric interests characterize as art even though the producing culture has no linguistic term to differentiate these objects from utilitarian artifacts Having said that we are still left with a class of objects ideas and activities that are held to be separate or
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