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Graffiti World: Street Art from Five Continentsby Nicholas Ganz
Synopses & Reviews
Graffiti World, now updated, is the most comprehensive and bestselling survey of graffiti art ever published. The original collection of more than 2,000 illustrations by over 150 artists around the world is joined by a new section devoted to work created in the five years since the book's first edition.
Graffiti has long been a ubiquitous aspect of the urban landscape, since anonymous, largely unsung spray-can art first hit city walls in New York and Philadelphia in the late 1960s. 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.
Today's 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 guaranteed graffiti's long-lasting influence on art, graphic design, and style around the world.
Book News Annotation:
This stunning book lays to rest any lingering doubts as to whether graffiti is truly an art from. A graffiti artist himself, Ganz presents hundreds of photos of graffiti from five continents (although heavily weighted toward Europe and the Americas), along with information about the artists. Showcasing graffiti ranging from fairly simple tags to sophisticated social commentary, the book documents the evolution of style and subject matter in an outsider art form that increasingly influences "mainstream" art and graphic design. Ganz's book will fascinate general readers, and provide almost endless inspiration for artists. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The original collection featured in "Graffiti World" highlighted more than 2,000 illustrations by 150 artists from around the world. This updated edition includes a new section devoted to work created in the five years since the book's first edition.
About the Author
Nicholas Ganz (also known as Keinom, his pen name) is the author of Graffiti Women (Abrams, 2006). He 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 the author of Street Sketchbook, Stencil Graffiti, Street Logos.
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