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Art in the Streets Hardcover – April 12, 2011

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“The first large-scale American museum exhibition, curated by MoCA director Deitch, to survey the colorful history of graffiti and street art movement internationally.” ~Publishers Weekly

Art in the Streets… traces the birth and dissemination of styles through ‘writers’ and street artists around the world… Highlighting the connection between graffiti and street art and other vibrant subcultures, such as those developed around Hip Hop in the Bronx and skateboarding in Southern California, Art in the Streets explores parallel movements in dance and music.” ~Slamxhype

About the Author

Jeffrey Deitch is director of MoCA, Los Angeles.

Roger Gastman is a curator, writer and graffiti artist.

Aaron Rose is a curator and film director, most known for his work Beautiful Losers.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Skira Rizzoli (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847836177
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847836178
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.2 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. Koterbay on May 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
There should be every reason to be almost distrustful of an exhibition catalogue of street art/graffiti that transposes it into a museum setting. However, this book does an excellent job of ensuring that the reader is looking outside the walls of the institution, being both a history and a means of generating a deep level of appreciation for a set of art forms (not just graffiti but tattoos, auto decoration, and an almost bewildering range of other mediums) in a serious way that doesn't always treat itself too reverently. Only wish some of the photographs were better, and better chosen, but the documentation for this art is, of course, always problematic. Highly recommended.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Lobo on September 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Art in the Streets, the Jeffrey Deitch curated show, has been quite an unavoidable and influential topic in street art circles this year, in particular for those of us related to the USA where it was fairly pervasive. The catalogue offers what seems to be a good overview of the show, but it also shines in its flaws.

While it may seem from a distance that the book offers a general or dedicated overview of street cultures, what it does explicitly is take the rise of graffiti cultures in New York, highlights them with a few touches of history here and there, and argues rapidly for its unequivocal influence with a few international examples, and a revolving narrative about its legacy and expansion in the States.

This US centrism would not be a problem, and could be quite a legitimate area to focus given the background and knowledge of the curating team. There is obviously plenty to share and claim from the US influence and experience as a way of opening debates of public art, sanctioned and informal cultures, etc. But it lingers to easily on a disregard of history, on a "me first" attitude commonly seen in other areas, that pushes precedents to a footnote, if not ignored altogether, and glorifies own events above all else. In fact, it ignores rather willingly the processes of cultural colonization of which it is part.

But probably the biggest flaw of the volume and project lies in not what it is but in what it chooses to leave out, and its lack of open processes, which is a common problem in endeavors that pretend to be comprehensive.
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Amazing quality except for the fat "USED" stickers that come slapped on the cover and the back. They should use a different system. I could really care less, got nearly brand new book for cheap, idk if all business do this...
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By charlie on August 13, 2015
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FOUND THIS IN TOYKO AND HAD TO BUY IT ONLINE, DID NOT DISAPPOINT
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