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Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo 1St Edition Edition

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1St Edition edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810996359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810996359
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Simone Nelson on July 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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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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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 wondrous art in this city. Bought it for a daughter who has lived there for 11 years and has never seen the art.
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the murals are beautiful and the text is enlightening, but the book seems designed explicitly to prevent reuse of the imagery. metadata on the murals' date and location are barely given mentions, but what attributions are given, are located in colored boxes pasted right over the artwork. many of the photos span the crease between facing pages or are taken at off-square angles. the dates of the photographs are not present at all. there is no information provided on rights or permissions. given that most of these important murals do not exist any more, it seems sadistic to suggest that others should not be able to reuse the images.
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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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