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Graffiti Kings: New York City Mass Transit Art of the 1970s

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Graffiti Kings is the definitive book on New York's subway graffiti movement, an unprecedented creative explosion that occurred across the five boroughs during the 1970s. This rare, firsthand account of the birth of this movement is the first and only graffiti book to reveal what happened behind the scenes when writers put their lives on the line to grab a piece of fame from a faceless urban landscape.

Through personal interviews and over 275 full-color, previously unpublished photographs, the colorful origins of subway graffiti are brought to life. Legends such as Taki 183, Blade 1, Phase 2, and Co-Co 144, as well as the city officials who saw the writers as public menaces and their art as vandalism, give accounts of everyday struggles, each full of new advancements, excitement, and risk. Although author and photographer Jack Stewart maintained a low profile at the time, his work is now a graffiti-world legend: rumored to exist, seldom seen, a near-equivalent to the Dead Sea Scrolls.

 
Alongside archival photographs of everything from vibrant bubble-letter and 3-D pieces to the Holy Grail, the whole-train pieces, are maps, images, and ephemera that help fill out the complete story. A celebration in words and pictures of graffiti's golden age, Graffiti Kings is a book sure to be coveted by those fascinated and inspired by this uniquely American urban art form.

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The definitive book on New York's subway graffiti movement, "Graffiti Kings" features personal interviews with the artists and more than 275 full-color, previously unpublished photographs that bring the movement's origins to life.

About the Author

Jack Stewart, a painter, muralist, and art historian, first began to photograph graffiti as it made its transition from the streets to the subways. He was one of the first observers to understand the power and significance of tags, and he befriended and interviewed many of the writers who appear in this collection. This text is based on Stewart's doctoral thesis, and has been curated and edited by his wife, Regina Stewart.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810975262
Subtitle:
New York City Mass Transit Art of the 1970's
Author:
Stewart, Jack
Publisher:
Harry N. Abrams
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
graffiti; street art
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090501
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
275 color photographs
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9 x 7.5 x 1 in 2.1 lb
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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