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Asphalt Renaissance
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 27 October 2011
This is an amazing book by a man who left his job with NASA to become a pavement artist. It covers his whole story from copying works of art in Europe to becoming one of the major pavement artists and also a conventional artist.

We learn so much about the techniques and the gritty facts of the life. Even how the pavement artists make their own crayons.

However the real joy of this book are the pictures. A true feast for the eyes and soul. The originals may get washed away with the rain and people walking over them but here we have the permanent record of real art, art that doesn't need any explanation, art that any and everyone can enjoy. Not some obscure daub of paints on a board that only self proclaimed "art experts" say that they understand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is an inspiring book. It covers the history of street art dating back to the renaissance period, and provides lots of references to how street art are adopted by people all over the world. There are lots of great photos of his trips and work from the 80s to today.

Kurt Wenner's journey in art and street painting is fascinating. He has been painting for more than 25 years, and the book collects the many interesting stories that are a joy to read. He started out as a struggling artist. His art professors claimed he had no talent. He thought otherwise and traveled to Rome to spend his days drawing in museums, to the point that the guards know him so well and became his fans. He became real good at art, and the book features some of his amazing sketches.

After that, the stories are about how he traveled across European countries trying to make a living off street paintings. He talks about the different things he learned in each country, people's preference for art, the laws governing street art, his interaction with the locals, making his own chalk and more. He even hired homeless people to look over his street paintings. Some had memorized Wenner's usual lines that they were able to give talks on art history themselves.

Street painting is not easy, and that's a constant underlying theme throughout the book. He had to draw with unpredictable weather, or draw onto burning asphalt during a competition. Once, he had to sleep in open air beside a gas station because he had no money. All these just make the stories more inspiring.

Kurt Wenner's story is a truly absorbing and uplifting read.

Highly recommended.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2012
Fascinating book with superb illustrations.
For anyone who enjoys street art and perhaps even those who do not, you will be amazed how
your eye can trick your mind.
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on 23 September 2013
Wonderful pictures and a great personal story from Kurt Wenner, who comes across as a really good guy. I learnt a great deal about street art from this.
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on 25 November 2013
Very prompt delivery, nice book and excelent graphics, but wish that the plates enclosed had not been split and were on one page.
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