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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! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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)|
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 18 months ago by Patricia Baessler
I remember buying my first copy in year 1 back in the early to mid 80s. This book officially brought me to my long addiction to graffiti....Published 22 months ago by radiox305
This book was a gift to my husband who loved the art of the 80's. It was a big book and he enjoyed looking at all of the different trains that were designed.Published 23 months ago by DT
Awesome photography that shows the history and culture of the NYC start of the graffiti art form. Great book to have and add to your collection of one of the 5 Elements of Hip-Hop!Published on January 21, 2012 by Hunyadi
a must have for anyone who's a street art and/or hip-hop afficionado! truly a great buy, the anniversary edition has a preface that puts the graffiti art in a historical... Read morePublished on November 11, 2011 by maj2122
This book has some quite extraordinary photos. Those can be credited Martha Cooper, she was working for the National Geographic, and National Geographic makes excellent photos! Read morePublished on April 17, 2010 by Rune Rindel Hansen
One of the first Graffiti ducument books out at that time, also known as the Graffiti bible! i highley recomend this book to any writer and any person who wants to know more about... Read morePublished on March 8, 2010 by John Vargas