Graffiti Gains Ground In China

From AFP:

Clean-cut 23-year-old design graduate Chen Chuang sprayed a whitewashed wall in central Beijing in broad daylight with big jagged blue letters — his clan’s signature — before scurrying away.

“It’s not really against the law,” said his friend Liu Yuchen.

Chen quickly added: “But once you get caught, it can be very serious.”

Chen and Liu are members of a small but growing group of artists in China where the craft, once the preserve of Western countries, has taken off in the last few years.

But unlike their counterparts in the West, who have sometimes used the form to convey political messages, Chinese artists offer a message that has little to do with revolt or protest.

August 21, 2009, 4:10 AM
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