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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Review: The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti by Rafael Schacter

Title: The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti
Author: Rafael Schacter
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: September 3, 2013
Source: I received a copy from the publisher; however, this did not affect my review.

Why You're Reading This Book:

  • You're a non-fiction fan.
  • You're an art fan.
What's the Story?:

From "Painted murals first appeared in Latin America in the early 20th century; in the 1950s, spray-can graffiti associated with Latino gangs followed, notably the "cholo” graffiti of Los Angeles. Today, street art has traveled to nearly every corner of the globe, evolving into a highly complex and ornate art form. The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti is the definitive survey of international street art, focusing on the world’s most influential urban artists and artworks. Since the lives and works of urban artists are inextricably linked to specific streets and places, this beautifully illustrated volume features specially commissioned "city artworks” that provide an intimate understanding of these metropolitan landscapes."

My Two Cents:

Graffiti is a divisive topic. Some people believe that it's a public nuisance. Some believe that it's truly art. I think it's absolutely fascinating either way you look at it.

This book is a encyclopedia of very different artists divided up by where in the world they are located. I loved that the book was divided up by city. It was interesting to see how the place where the artists were located seemed to influence their work and in some cases, even each other! Through the street art and graffiti of each different locale, you really get a sense of the city.

This is an absolutely gorgeous book filled with fantastic pictures. I loved looking through this book and reading the back stories and histories of the artists and the places where they make their art. This book is going to make a fantastic addition to my library (this is a book that I will definitely look at in the future). It would make a great gift for your loved ones that enjoy art!

Overall, this is a great collection.



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