In protest against the marketing, institutionalization and domestication of street art, 30 members of a graffiti art movement known as ‘pixacao’ stormed into a Brazilian gallery brandishing spray cans and defaced the entire collection of paintings by well-known street artists that were on display.
The attack caused almost $10,000 worth of damage.
The Choque Gallery in Sao Paulo, Brazil specializes in promoting new art forms, and has displayed work by graffiti artists, tattoo artists, graphic designers and illustrators since 2004.
The pixacao protests are adding fuel to the ongoing debate about whether or not street art should be shown in galleries.
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