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Carlo McCormick is a pop culture critic, curator and Senior Editor of Paper magazine. His numerous books, monographs and catalogs include Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture, The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene 1974-1984, and Dondi White: Style Master General. His work has appeared in Art in America, Art News, Artforum and many other publications.

Marc & Sara Schiller founded Wooster Collective in 2001, a website that celebrates and plays a crucial role in documenting otherwise ephemeral street art. Based in New York City, the collective curated most of the contemporary images in Trespass. Its "Wooster On Paper" series presents the work of international artists in limited edition books.

Ethel Seno received her BA in the College of Letters from Wesleyan University before teaming with TASCHEN, where she worked with William Claxton on Jazzlife and New Orleans 1960, and David LaChapelle on Artists & Prostitutes and Heaven to Hell. Having grown up in Tokyo, she feels most at home in urban environments and currently resides in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; F First Edition edition (October 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836509644
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836509640
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1.6 x 12.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Lobo on February 26, 2011
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It was fairly clear from the first early news that Trespass was going to become an unavoidable urban art reference. The book, coming from the efforts of the founders of the Wooster Collective, with Ethel Seno, Carlo McCormick, and under publishing patronage of Taschen was set to make a lasting impression in the perception and dissemination of street art. Quality or merit aside, the marketing machine of the big publisher alongside the street creed and devotion raised by the networks fostered by the authors has a strong traction, and Trespass sure seems like a "must" for the urban culture world. And initially, it may even seem a good book to recommend. But in being so influential and prominent it risks reinforcing some trends stereotyping urban culture, open communication, and a strong public realm.

In order to frame the "discipline" the book incurs in a series of generalizations and clichés, which work relatively well, with some notable exceptions. For instance, there are the laughable remarks illustrated in the promotional video, linking all urban artistic practice to a defense of "our democracy". However, the most handy conceptual tool used is the notion of "uncommissioned urban art" to throw together a long series of mostly, public, city-centric, and disconnected street expressions. And while some rigor is applied around the concept, it fails to be entirely accurate, and misses an opportunity to really open a more complex analysis. Among the most obvious misgivings are the samplings of the actions that took place in the German city of Wuppertal, like the featured work of Hitotzuki, which was sponsored, commissioned that is, by a well know energy drink.
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A must-have for urban art lovers, enriched with good texts and wonderful pictures. The artwork selection gives us a great panorama of contemporary art that fills the streets of the world. Strongly recommended!
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Cool book, documents guerilla art movement from its inception to its recent developments. Exhaustive text. Well documents how key ideas, concepts and themes developed.
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By Natalia on December 26, 2014
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I dreamed about this book. For such unexperienced admirer of street-art it is very deligtful to plunge into the history of the development of artworks and art trends
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Koterbay on June 29, 2011
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For all of it's problems, Art in the Streets by Jeffrey Deitch is a much better book, with much better illustrations. I'm not going to repeat the criticisms in the other reviews- since I'm simply agree with everything they've written whole-heartedly- except to emphasize the fact that the images are just bad, ugly, muddy, and uninteresting. You would think a book about urban art with the title of "trespass" (and all of it's faux-sincerity in homage to the French origin of the word) would be a lot more daring, a lot more exciting, something that would make the eyes and fingertips tingle with every page turn... but no. I just started flipping through pages, wondering, hoping for it to end.

Not a good book. I wouldn't even recommend it second-hand or in a bibliography unless you're desperate.
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