Spot the paradox: The French state spends tens of millions of euros a year prosecuting and cleaning up after vandals who deface public property with graffiti. Yesterday, in the Grand Palais of Paris, it opened one of the world’s most ambitious exhibitions of . . . graffiti.
The contemporary art world has long accepted the creative side of daubing trains and public buildings. But eyebrows, including some artistic ones, have been raised at the decision by the Victorian-era exhibition palace on the Champs Élysées to show 300 oeuvres commissioned from international maîtres de l’art de la rue.