Award-Winning Documentary on Graffiti Has Won Approval From

Educators but Criticism From Those Who Say It Glamorizes Crime

 

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GRAFFITI VERITE: READ THE WRITING ON THE WALL

Art or Outrage?

Bob Bryan, maker of  “Graffiti Verite’,” with camera in hand at Belmont Tunnel near downtown Los Angeles.

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There was something strange about the vapor cloud that wafted in front of Bob Bryan that night as he traveled with his family down Melrose Avenue. It was billowing from a storefront near Larchmont Boulevard, followed by a man wearing a face mask and carrying a dripping aerosol can.

When Bryan pulled over, the man explained that he was painting graffiti. Isn't that illegal? asked Bryan. No, the graffiti was the backdrop for an opera, the man replied.

Intrigued, Bryan hurried back with a video camera to start a six-month journey into a Los Angeles subculture, raising the provocative and controversial question: Can public graffiti be an art form and not merely vandalism?

The result is an award-winning documentary that has aired on public television, landed on video rental store shelves and is starting to pop up in schools and museums across the country. A committee for the Los Angeles County Office of Education has endorsed the video as "appropriate and useful classroom material." (Read the complete article at http://articles.latimes.com/1996-08-03/local/me-30879_1_graffiti-art)