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Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo 1St Edition Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.
"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.
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first saw this book in San Francisco when I also saw a lot of the street art. The book is a wonderful coffee table book for residents and visitors who may not be aware of the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Grandma Jane
the murals are beautiful and the text is enlightening, but the book seems designed explicitly to prevent reuse of the imagery. Read morePublished 12 months ago by A. Brick
I bought this for my hubby because he is a bad a** artist. He really enjoyed this book a lot!Published 23 months ago by Beautifulmom
This book is fabulous especially for San Franciscans familiar with the art and culture of the Mission. Does anyone know if the book is available in Spanish?Published on November 16, 2012 by Samasi
This is a beautiful, well-made book containing a collection of San Francisco "peoples" mural art dating from the 1970s to today. Read morePublished on January 29, 2011 by Amazon customer
Artists, photographers, enthusiasts..buy this book.
It's art, photography of art, words, history, culture, all brilliantly composed and combined in this amazing piece of... Read more
I bought this for my 24 year old son who lived in San Francisco. He loved it! He enjoyed reading about the street art in the city, especially the ones in the Mission District. Read morePublished on February 1, 2010 by mary
This is a visual knockout-- a must see for anyone interested in urban art and culture. The text works as a compliment to the visuals and takes the reader on an artistic,... Read morePublished on October 2, 2009 by Alan Keiser
This dynamic, inspired collection is no ordinary coffee table tome. In thoughtful, concise essays, Jacoby has included the history of muralismo, SF politics, portraits of the... Read morePublished on September 2, 2009 by Adam Hertz