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The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti
by Rafael Schacter; Foreword by John Fekner

Published by Yale University Press

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Painted murals first appeared in Latin America in the early twentieth century; in the 1950s, spray-can graffiti associated with Latino gangs followed, notably the cholo graffiti of Los Angeles. Today, street (or urban) art has traveled to nearly every corner of the globe, evolving into a highly complex and ornate art form. Displaying their art within what is effectively the largest, most open museum in the world, urban artists unveil their beliefs and imaginations to a public unable to avoid their work.

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" by key artists that provide an insider's look at these metropolitan landscapes.

Organized geographically by country and city, more than 100 of today's most important street artists -- including Steve Powers (Espo) in New York, Gold Peg in London, Os Gêmeos in Brazil, Essu in Tokyo, and Anthony Lister in Brisbane -- 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. This landmark publication provides a nuanced understanding of a widespread contemporary art practice.

The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti demonstrates that urban art is not simply an aesthetic based on slogans, political posturing, or personal promotion, but that is it committed to a spontaneous creativity that is inherently connected to the city.

pub date: 2013-09-03 | Hardcover | 9780300199420