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Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo Hardcover – June 1, 2009

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810996359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810996359
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Annice Jacoby has directed innovative public art projects incorporating visual arts, literature, theater, and media. Her work includes City of Poets, for the San Francisco Library, and the Fort Point Project, for the Hague Appeal for Peace. Carlos Santana is a Grammy Award-winning musician. Raised in San Francisco's Mission District, he is a longtime mural aficionado.

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It is a book that can be picked up again and again, each time discovering something new.
Mary Daniel Hobson
I highly recommend this book - it has become a "colorful" and beloved new addition to my own library of art and culture books.
Simone Nelson
This book is fabulous especially for San Franciscans familiar with the art and culture of the Mission.
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This isn't just another book that reprints and reproduces street or graffiti art -- Annice Jacoby infuses Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo with all the literal, figurative, emotional, political, cultural and historical vibrancy, color, understanding and context that IS the Mission Mural Movement in San Francisco.

I felt like I was reading and viewing a visual poem or ode to the glorious, sometimes misunderstood, but always engaging, captivating, compelling and exciting graffiti, mural, street art in San Francisco's similarly described Mission District.

I happened to be in Los Angeles when this book caught my eye as it stood on top of a collection of art books at a book store (look at the cover - how could it not?). When I picked it up, I was immediately transported and felt literally "on the streets of San Francisco" (sorry for the TV Show reference). After purchasing the book, I felt that not only was I viewing these amazing works of street art but also getting "schooled" in this movement's history and current context populated by talented diverse artists of all ages, cultures and backgrounds through excellently written pieces by the leaders, thinkers, artists, and "movers and shakers" related to the microcosm of "street art of San Francisco", especially in the world within that world in San Francisco's Mission District.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Greitens on June 12, 2009
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In Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo, Annice Jacoby gives phenomenal insight to a movement whose history has remained unknown for far too long. This book recognizes some of the greatest street artists in the world, and renders astute background information on them, helping the reader enjoy their works even more. It also provides exceptional insight to the current state of the movement, shedding light on the wonderful community outreach and youth development programs that have been built around this impressive culture.

Showcasing more than three decades of street art, its vibrant colors and bold compilations make it as entertaining as it is educational. Its in-depth analysis of the techniques and process used to create these masterpieces is unparalleled by any other book on the market. If you are an art enthusiast, or planning a trip to the San Francisco area, this book is an invaluable resource and will surely make an impressive addition to your personal library, just as it has to mine.

With a moving foreword by musician Carlos Santana, artist and author Annice Jacoby has truly outdone herself. Her book has helped me appreciate, even more, the art and culture found in the city of San Francisco.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Daniel Hobson on July 16, 2009
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"Each city has its own fingerprint of style and story. However, here in the Mission, in San Francisco, I see a level of CULTURA that inspires the world." So writes Carlos Santana in the opening sentence of Street Art San Francisco, a book packed with powerful, vibrant reproductions of murals and street art, past and present, which have graced walls, sidewalks, garage doors, and other architectural surfaces throughout the Mission District of San Francisco. These images are augmented by short essays and stories, which reveal background history, interpret meaning, and address issues specific to murals such as ownership and conservation.

Above all, the murals in this book serve as potent examples of how the visual can speak loudly and immediately about pressing social issues. Many of the murals describe social injustices - speaking in pictures about everything from labor rights to immigrant displacement to environmental degradation. They also express the joys of community collaboration.

The Precita Eyes Muralists feature prominently in the book. Currently led by Susan Cervantes, they were founded in 1977. As one Precita Eyes muralist says, "Murals strengthen neighborhoods, transmute the darkness of the Mission into its strength, convert violence into beauty, and provide an alternative vision." It is heartening to see the way murals have been used to engage young people and the disenfranchised, and also how they have been used to honor and celebrate the rich diversity present in the Mission District.

This 300-page hardback is so densely packed with images, it feels as if they are bursting off the page. It is a book that can be picked up again and again, each time discovering something new.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jordan H. Miller on August 4, 2009
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I'm a little bit biased, I grew up in the Mission and am a huge fan of its murals. This book does a great job of documenting them over the years, its wonderful that they have been reproduced with such beautiful photographs. Thanks Annice!
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MISSION MURALISMO is not simply a book to read, but to experience. My initial intention was to go through it cover-to-cover in a linear fashion, but instead I have found myself skipping around, drawn (sometimes repeatedly) to specific murals and stories. It is amazing that so many San Franciscans are completely unaware of the significance of the remarkable art around them. I know because I was oblivious until I immersed myself in this book. In essence, MISSION MURALISMO invites you to explore the social history of the Mission neighborhood and culture through evocative expressions of visual and literary imagery. The book is a stunning achievement: rich and brilliant and surprising and moving and witty and awe-inspiring. At every page turn there are features and textures in the layout that reveal astonishing levels of craft and artistry. Highly recommended.

On another note: Amazon has a link where you can request MISSION MURALISMO on Kindle. I hope I'm not the only one who finds this funny (and ironic -- as it would undermine the book's inherent beauty).
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