Underbelly or out in the open?

If you haven't heard about it already, there is a great project going on underneath New York City right now called The Underbelly Project. Featuring over one hundred of the world's most talented graffiti artists, the art is housed in an abandoned Subway station. Which means that no one sees it. And while I think that's a shame, because as you can see from the photos and video, the art is fantastic, there's a certain aspect of purity that the lack of exposure adds. The art exists for art's sake, and not for publicity or money. 

But the same exists in Barcelona, where everyone can see it. It's on every wall, on every block, from the most prestigious neighborhoods to the sketchiest barrios. There is raw color, stenciled and etched onto the ancient skin of the city. Here are some of the pieces I liked when I was living and traveling in Spain. So who's right? Should art for art's sake be out in public or kept hidden?

Your loyal photographer

Luke Barton, in the anarchist bunker

Our steazy crew in the abandoned anarchist bunker

A love poem.

La cuidad loca

The hugest girls in Barcelona.