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Subway Art is one of the main reasons graffiti became a global phenomenon. For everyone that didn't grow up in New York City and even for those that did, Subway Art became their main source of inspiration.
People from all over the world have wanted to meet me because of Subway Art. There's no question that this book has changed the course of art history on this planet.
The Wild Style graffiti that was invented in New York City in the late 1970s and early 1980s is arguably the most influential art movement since Pop Art. Much of its influence is due to the extraordinary documentation of the artists and their work in the book Subway Art, by Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, now re-released in a beautifully produced 25th anniversary edition.
This lavish new edition stunningly reasserts Subway Art 's place as the signal book on the authentic graffiti phenomenon, with pictures you can at last climb into and explore the way devotees of the earlier edition could only dream of.
NEW YORK TIMES
The 1984 book Subway Art, Ms. Cooper's collaboration with Henry Chalfant, a photographer and filmmaker, captured graffiti's golden and assaultive years. It sold half a million copies, becoming the movement's bible and epitaph. But the best of the trains live on, in an updated, large-format 25th-anniversary edition, to be published next month by Chronicle Books.
Brazil was always late getting information about graffiti. We remember the first time we saw "Subway Art" was in 1988 or 89. A friend showed us the book, and we went crazy! He wouldn't leave the book with us, so we made a photocopy... every single small photo was "Big" for us... We've always been glad for "Subway Art" and its influence on all the writers around the world!
Take a Look Inside Subway Art
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|"Revolt Min," 1981 (H.Chalfont)||"Seen Dust," 1980 (H.Chalfont)|
|"Skeme Daze," 1981 (H.Chalfont)||"Kwik,"1982 (H.Chalfont)|
|Cops in the train, the Bronx, 1981Revolt Min, 1981 (M.Cooper)||Dondi Painting, New Lots Yards, 1980 (M.Cooper)||"Children of the Grave Again,Part 3, by Dondi," 1980 (M.Cooper)|
The book came on time. Packaged perfectly also. BUT... Two pages were stuck together. And to get them apart, you would have to tear them. That was the only flaw....Published 9 months ago by DIS-ONE
I will be contacting your returns department. The pages of the book were stuck together, and the book was unreadable.Published 10 months ago by Thomas D. Allison
I buy my grown son an unusual book each year - sort of a Christmas tradition. He's a photography nut and so I try to find an art book that he will enjoy. Read morePublished 23 months ago by mark hepburn
This was a present for my tattoo artist son-in-law. He requested it to help him in his work. It's a great book and the price was fine. He loves it and it helps him, so I'm happy.Published on June 6, 2013 by Patricia Baessler