Author(s): Gary Shove
Not to be filed under history, photography, design or non-fiction, as it contains outright lies and outrageous subjective opinion, this book is definitely about street art. It is also about now. Fungus grows on your collected wild-style pioneers. Vile passions rage between old schools and new. Stuff flies out from under the hammer at auction houses and property developers fund street art shows to liberal press fanfare. Oh, and Banksy hits the West Bank. Is anyone taking this thing seriously? Should it be taken seriously? Is it all just an immense daisy chain of poker faces, irony and mind games? Brilliant images of graffiti collected from all over the world and preserved here before the legions employed to destroy them and chip them off the walls. This is art driven by existential hunger, art that attacks you only if you are lame, art that inspires mystery and creativity. 11 Spring St NY was a much-loved site that became a graffiti landmark. Before it was redeveloped it inspired acts of love and passion: Lou Reed made it the subject of a poem and Untitled preserves it in all of its glory. Includes works by Banksy, Faile, Dface, Swoon, Bast, Blu, Blek Le Rat, Obey, Dolk, Eine, Gaia, Elbowtoe, Hush, Copyright, Mir, Dan Witz, Space Invader, Armsrock, Doze Green, Know Hope, Skullphone, WKInteract, Skewville, Borf, Ame72, Sam3, Eelus, Miss Bugs, Rene Gagnon, The London Police, Michael De Feo and many more.
I've got every darn book printed on the scene including my now much revered first edition of Faith of Graffiti by dear dead Norman Mailer and this magnificent tome beats them all, even anything by El Banksy. Really it's a great book, part fiction, part document, it's in a category all of it's own. --Beautiful Crime said: This one I'd reference as tasty popcorn and perhaps there lies its zeitgeist and achievement. There's loads of great artwork inside and the pictures are well shot. The random stops, texts and sort of useful via useless explanation in things did get addictive. I raced through them. I didn't close the book til I'd gotten through it all. The book feels like a well communicated poem. Pictures and words interacting to create a commentary that is punk enough to follow its own drum. --Modart A completely different take on the graffiti book with this trip around the worlds best street art. Where else can you find a line such as "So when they put the flags on the moon, how is that not tagging"? All in all its in a class of its own and all the better for it. --UKStreetArt