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The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti Hardcover – September 3, 2013
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“Rarely does a publication come along that can qualify as a definitive reference, but this is definitely one. More than merely a presentation of mural painting and the myriad forms of independent urban creations, it is a validation of the aforementioned as fine art . . . an indispensable reference for art history students and art lovers everywhere.”—San Francisco Book Review (San Francisco Book Review)
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It is intended to satisfy street art aficionados and enthusiasts as well as newcomers. Readers who just want to enjoy the photos and the work of artists by turning the pages will be as pleased as those who want to understand and know the birth of this art through the 400 pages of this atlas.
The reader scans the globe along with some of the most famous artists of the world and discover the diversity of this art open to a lot of influences. Between simple words graffed to the incredible frescoes, through the most original and unusual works, this book captivated me.
Not being a connoisseur but enjoying some works I've seen through my travels through Europe and the United States, I was conquered by the information received in this Altlas.
The perfect gift for someone who loves art.
"Indeed, there are as many different motivations, styles, and approaches within this artistic arena as there are practitioners themselves - a "street art" for every street artist, a "graffiti" for every graffiti writer."
However, I have two criticisms for the author. Firstly, the glaring omission of a number of deserving female artists really struck a cord for me. Out of the nearly 100 hundred artists featured, I counted 3 female artists. THREE. They are Swoon, Gold Peg, and Nuria Mora. No mention of Bastardilla, Olek, Clare Rojas, Miss Van or Maya Hayuk, to name a few. Faith47 was mentioned, though only by way of her marriage to Da Least.
Another disappointment was the overall western-centric viewpoint taken by the curator. The book focuses entirely on the US, Europe, and South America. The last chapter is dismissively titled "Rest of World," (which coincidentally is just Australia). There is not a single african or middle eastern city or artist featured, and the sole Asian cities featured are Tokyo and Wuhan (though the second I'm not sure why, considering all of Dal East's featured works are located in western cities, not China).
So, while I did very much enjoy reading and learning from this book, I came away from it feeling quite disenchanted by the overall lack of cultural and gender heterogeneity. There is definitely a lot missing here. A much more appropriate book title would have been "Western street art sausagefest"
The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti by Rafael Schacter strives not only to document, organize and illustrate the breadth and wealth of street art in the world, but also to educate the reader. He defines each artist along the way with an encyclopedic litany of fine art terminology, which at times can sound a touch pretentious, but is always done with the utmost sincerity. The book is a gallant effort to prove that these artists are not just taggers and their work is more than urban distraction. It has meaning, it is layered and it has value.
Schacter intricately moves across the globe, splitting it into huge geographic sections to display the graffiti cultures and their connected influences. Some artists find their work determined by their surroundings, which may be more desolate or decrepit than others, like Kenor who is quoting as wanting to “decorate the dead cities”, while others see their style more defined by the social and political current running through the area.Read more ›
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Great Book! I lovet id! contains excellent photos and the best artists of street art and grafitti, it is a highly recommended book.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
So much fun to thumb through and read when I pick it up. It's on my coffee table. Street art is a mixed bag and while I'm not a fan of random graffiti on public property, it has... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Donna G.
I ordered this book as a gift for my brother. I've looked through it a number of times and find it very interesting. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jaclyn Aylward
Recently purchased for my boyfriend's birthday. He's a frequent traveller and has taken more than a few street art tours along his travels. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kate