Now that graffiti art is considered the stuff of dinner party conversation (and dinner parties themselves, if Iwan Massow's frankly horrifying new film project is to be believed), perhaps it's time some of us knew what we were talking about. The new show at the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris may just be able to help.
Born In The Streets: Graffiti, which opens today, is as comprehensive an explanation of the origins, developments and stars of street art as we've come across. Overseen by Alan Ket aka "Ket One" and featuring films, sketches and new commissions from international artists and tributes to some of the legends who crossed over (including Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring), it should enlighten you about "throw-ups", "paint-eaters" and "buffing" and save you from attending any dubious soirées chez Joan Collins.
Born In The Streets: Graffiti is at the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, from now until 29 November. www.fondation.cartier.com
Above, clockwise from top: JonOne, "The New Face Of America", 2009, (c) JonOne, Adagp, Paris, photo by Peter Gosset; Gerard Zlotykamien, (c) Gerard Zlotykamien, Adagp, Paris; Evan Roth, "Graffiti Taxonomy - E", 2008, New York City, USA, (c) Evan Roth
Below, clockwise from top left: Jon Naar, "Red Bird In The Bronx", 1973; "Symphony (work in progress)", 2006, Brussels, Belgium; Vitché, Sao Paulo, Brazil (c) Vitché, photo by Vitché