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Graffiti World: Street Art from Five Continentsby Nicholas Ganz
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Ever since anonymous spray-can art began appearing on city walls in New York and Philadelphia in the late 1960s, graffiti has been a ubiquitous presence in the urban landscape, its artists largely unsung heroes. As hip-hop culture spread from America, graffiti became a worldwide phenomenon, emerging in the 1980s as the symbolic artistic language of young people everywhere and one of the most potent influences on youth-oriented marketing and design. With more than 2,000 illustrations by over 150 artists from all over the world and interviews with many of them, this visually arresting book is the most comprehensive survey of graffiti art ever published.
Today's young graffiti artists incorporate a variety of mediums-including stickers, stencils, oils, acrylics, and oil-based chalk-as well as an ever-expanding range of social commentary. This evolution in style and subject matter has earned graffiti the respect of the art world and guaranteed its long-lasting influence on art, graphic design, and style around the world. Great fun for graffiti and pop-culture buffs, the book is also an essential reference work for anyone involved in the visual arts today.
"Following the unrelated project Autograf: New York City's Graffiti Writers (powerHouse), which also took an auteur-based approach this past season, Granz (whose pen name is Keinom) widens the scope to present those he sees as the world's top graffiti writers, offering alphabetical sections of artists from the Americas, Europe and 'The Rest of the World.' Short prefatory histories put New York at the center of the modern graffiti world, with South American countries like Brazil later having 'reached a high standard.' The work is beautifully photographed throughout; multiple pieces by each artist are laid out appealingly over verso-recto spreads, along with a paragraph by Granz detailing the artist's origins and the main thrust of the work (and occasionally a photo of the artist him or herself). From gigantic murals to tiny stickers, Granz has seen and photographed it all and talks knowledgeably about everything from 'wildstyle' fontage to the non-orthographically based 'character culture,' where artists create (and replicate) cartoonish figures in various figurative exploits. Striking a colloquial balance between insider's knowledge and thoughtful presentation, Granz's book should be durable for its cohesion of vision, if not for the scale of presentation of each artist." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Book News Annotation:
Ganz, a German graffiti artist also known as Keinom, traveled around the world to create this comprehensive survey of graffiti art. In addition to over 2000 vivid illustrations, he provides a history of the art and interviews with some of the artists. The illustrations are organized by continent and alphabetically by artist, rather than nation, in conjunction with Ganz' belief that "nationality, race and sex have no bearing on the graffiti scene."
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A thorough and comprehensive treatment of graffiti as an art form, this book contains an historical account of the medium, profiles of and interviews with prominent artists, analysis of different styles and trends, and more.
- For 35 years, graffiti art has remained a part of the urban landscape, its artists largely unsung heroes (or, from a different point of view, public nuisances), but this book gives it a history and a pantheon, revealing an international youth movement that bridges race, gender (many prominent women artists are included), and national differences.
- A thorough and comprehensive treatment of graffiti as an art form, the book contains a historical account of the medium, profiles of and interviews with prominent artists, analysis of different styles and trends that have developed throughout the world, as well as a guide to graffiti-related books, magazines, and websites.
- The book will appeal not only to graffiti buffs, but also to graphic artists, fashion, and marketing professionals, and pop-culture aficionados everywhere. It is also an essential reference work for artists and art-world professionals.
- For an introduction and overview of the contemporary world of graffiti, including arguments, criticism, and lists of artists and sources, go to www.graffiti.com (unaffiliated with this book)
About the Author
Nicholas Ganz (also known as Keinom, his pen name) is a graffiti artist who has traveled around the world to gather material for this book. He lives in Essen, Germany. Tristan Manco is a graphic artist and director of Bristol-based Tijuana Design. He is the author of Stencil Graffiti and Street Logos.
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