Friday, November 22, 2013

Book Review - THE WORLD ATLAS OF STREET ART AND GRAFFITI by Rafael Schacter


World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti by Rafael Schacter

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Page Length: 400
Publisher: Yale University Press (September 3, 2013)
ISBN: 0300199422

About The Book:
Painted murals first appeared in Latin America in the early 20th century; in the 1950s, spray-can graffiti associated with Latino gangs followed, notably the “cholo” graffiti of Los Angeles. Today, street art has traveled to nearly every corner of the globe, evolving into a highly complex and ornate art form. The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti is the definitive survey of international street art, focusing on the world’s most influential urban artists and artworks. Since the lives and works of urban artists are inextricably linked to specific streets and places, this beautifully illustrated volume features specially commissioned “city artworks” that provide an intimate understanding of these metropolitan landscapes.

Organized geographically by country and city, more than 100 of today’s most important street artists—including Espo in New York, Shepard Fairey in Los Angeles, Os GĂȘmeos in Brazil, and Anthony Lister in Australia—are profiled alongside key examples of their work. The evolution of street art and graffiti within each region is also chronicled, providing essential historical context. With contributions by the foremost authorities on street art and graffiti, this landmark publication provides a nuanced understanding of a widespread contemporary art practice. The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti emphasizes urban art’s powerful commitment to a spontaneous creativity that is inherently connected to the architecture of the metropolis.


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Between the Pages Guest Reviewer
Breeze's Review


I want to start off by saying this book does not require an extensive knowledge of art, or a special love of art to enjoy reading its pages or perusing its many wonderful photos. This is what I would call the perfect coffee table book. It’s a book that, after the first reading, I would look at again and again, or sharing some of my favorite artwork with others. 
The artwork depicted comes from all over the globe and I think that’s what I most appreciated about this book. The author gives informative details so the reader can truly understand what they are looking at. Many times, I found that I didn’t understand a certain piece of artwork but after reading what the author wrote, I then was able to understand the story behind the art. I also came to appreciate the depth of what I would have normally called “street graffiti” because of the history and back story given with each piece. My favorite was from Kiev, Ukraine, the Interesni Kazki artwork was extremely fascinating.

The author left nothing out. Even the date, style, themes and influences are explained as you look through each new piece of art. Something else that caught my eye was the layout of each page; they were different each time and really added to the overall appearance of the book. The author did an excellent job of wording things simply enough for basic readers to enjoy but also leaving in every drop of detail and history to satisfy a true art major.
This book would make an excellent gift. I highly recommend it for any art lover.


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