In a planned or not, in the late seventh young Jean-Michel Basquiat concentrated his graffiti in the East Village and SoHo, art galleries regions, where the workshops and circulated many of the most important artists in New York. It was a time when the art market was still dominated by Pop Art and Conceptual Art.There were also times where the connection between visual arts, music, fashion and nightlife became intense. In this environment, the graffiti of Basquiat drew the attention of the owners of art galleries and dealers eager for news that could meet the demand for innovative works, which mainly strengthened rapprochement between high culture and popular culture.
Moreover, the peak of graphite as an anarchic movement linked to poor boys had passed.The early '80s brought a new wave of radical chic , where yuppies , young executives in the financial market began to be interested in investing in art and helped spark a boom in this segment. When Basquiat and other graffiti artists have joined the glamorous world of fine arts, they had already distanced itself from the radicalism of the graphite. But despite no longer put its mark on buildings and public spaces, these graffiti artists took to the art galleries and exhibits much of the aesthetics and ideology of street graffiti.
The graphite also influenced generations of artists who were not part of the street art movement.Keith Haring was one of them. His work and his attitude also incorporated many of the ideas of graphite. As an artist and activist, he sought to take his art out of galleries and museums, alternative spaces and independent for as subway stations and nightclubs. In one of his most famous creations, "Radiant Baby", there are clear references to the aesthetic universe of graffiti.
In addition to Basquiat and Haring, since the 80's, other artists connected to the universe of graffiti have been prominent not only in urban landscapes, but also in art exhibitions and biennials. Among them is the duo of Brazilian artists "Twins." The brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo participated in the hip-hop scene of Sao Paulo in the late '80s when they became interested in graffiti art. Since then, the facades and viaducts Sao Paulo, came to his graffiti art galleries and also the walls of the great cities of the United States, Germany, Australia, China, Italy, Cuba, Japan, Greece and Argentina, among others.
Despite going to be part of environments "officers" of contemporary art, graffiti still remains as a street art and transgressive. And it remains one of the most accessible for young people to express themselves artistically and politically, and especially to mark their presence in the vast and diverse urban landscape.