Street Art - From Vandalism to Gentrification


The original street artists were chased by the police, now they are celebrated in museums, and even used as a way to promote neighborhoods.

Vandalism or Art? For years street art has been seen as nothing more than vandalism. However, in recent years there has been a shift in perception and it is now considered an actual form of art. This change in perception has led to the gentrification of street art. But what does this mean for collectors? Join this panel discussion with Gracie Mansion, Alex Benrimon, Anthony Haden-Guest and Joseph Ficalora to find out!

The Mainstreaming of Street Art

Street art has gone mainstream. What was once considered taboo and only created by those on the fringes of society is now being celebrated in museums and galleries across the globe. This shift can be attributed to the increasing popularity of social media. Platforms like Instagram have allowed street artists to build followings and reach new audiences.

As street art becomes more popular, we are also seeing a rise in the number of people collecting it. In fact, some street artists are now commanding high prices for their work. Banksy, for example, is one of the most famous street artists in the world and his work regularly sells for millions of dollars at auction.

The Impact of Gentrification on Street Art Collectors

The gentrification of street art has had a mixed impact on collectors. On one hand, the increased popularity has made it easier for collectors to find and purchase works that they love. On the other hand, the mainstreaming of street art has led to a decrease in its value. After all, when something is no longer considered taboo or on the fringe, it loses some of its appeal.

Gentrification is an ongoing trend with a mixed impact on collectors. While the increased popularity of street art has made it easier to find and purchase works, it has also led to a decrease in its value. Street art will continue to evolve as it gains more exposure and acceptance from the mainstream art world. Whether or not this is a good thing remains to be seen.

Panel Discussion with Gracie Mansion, Alex Benrimon, Anthony Haden-Guest and Joseph Ficalora

This session will explain just what this gentrification of street art means for collectors. The panel is led by Gracie Mansion, who has over 20 years of extensive experience in all aspects of the art market, specializing in Modern and Contemporary Art. She is joined by:

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Gracie Mansion

Gracie Mansion has over 20 years of extensive experience in all aspects of the art market, specializing in Modern and Contemporary Art. She has lectured and participated in panels at museums and universities in the United States and Europe. As an independent curator and consultant to private collectors, corporations, and museums, she has advised her clients on acquisitions and assisted them in...

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Anthony Haden-Guest

Anthony Haden-Guest is a writer, reporter, cartoonist and performer. He was born in Paris, grew up in London and lives in New York. His books include True Colors: The Real Life of the Art World, The Last Party: Studio 54, Disco and the Culture of the Night, and two books of cartoons and rhymes, The Chronicles of Now and In The Mean Time.

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Joseph Ficalora

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Joseph Ficalora founded the Bushwick Collective, a community of artists who have transformed a large section of the already busy and colorful Bushwick neighborhood into vibrant work of urban art.

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Alex Benrimon

Alex Benrimon is the Director of Sales at David Benrimon Fine Art. He previously worked at Artnet Auctions as a specialist in the Prints & Multiples department, with a focus on Pop and Urban art. He has expanded on this skill set at DBFA, by growing private sales in Post War & Contemporary Art.

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