Resilience and adaptability through institutionalization in graffiti art:

A formal aesthetic shift

  • Tania Di Brita
Keywords: institutionalization, aestheticization, graffiti, graffiti art, white cube, institutions, neutralization, censorship, formal aesthetic shift, resilience, adaptability, urban references, tag, style writing, graffiti code, abstraction


The subject of this paper is the institutionalization of graffiti art. It examines the contextual and formal aesthetic shifts of graffiti within the urban space to graffiti art exhibited in art institutions. The goal of this paper is to demonstrate the adaptability and resilience of graffiti art within an institutional framework conducted by formal aesthetic shifts within the art works. Graffiti is always in the verge of the institution and seems challenging to integrate into the institutionalized framework. The significance and contextual change entering the white cube causes several effects such as neutralization, aestheticization and censorship. A formal aesthetic shift based within the art works will be demonstrated by five detailed analyses. Finally, further effects such as reduction and abstraction processes as well as aestheticization and autonomy of the art works will be observed.

How to Cite
Brita, T. (2018). Resilience and adaptability through institutionalization in graffiti art:. SAUC - Street Art and Urban Creativity, 4(2).