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Graffiti NYC [Turtleback]

Hugo Martinez , Antonio Zaya

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31 Oct 2006
New York City is where the quintessential contemporary people's art of graffiti was born. The top "writers" go "all city" when their tags can be seen throughout the five boroughs. This exhilarating selection of their work, assembled by Hugo Martinez, a leading authority on the history of street art in NYC, takes the reader on an "all-city" tour of New York, displaying the extraordinary range of its taggers and bombers. More than two hundred photographs showcase the artwork of the most prominent names of the past five years, including CASE 2, KEZ, MOSCO, SKUF, VFR, and MQ. As graffiti comes to be embraced as a medium in its own right, its most important practitioners in NYC confirm the power and creativity of this vital contemporary language.

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'Really impressive...A must have for anyone with any interest in
one of hiphop culture's most important aspects.' -- Rap News.co.uk, September 6, 2006

'This isn't about the artwork, it's about being a
writer...Graffiti writers who're into bombing should love it!' -- duncancumming.co.uk, September 16, 2006

`This exhilarating selection of their work...takes the reader on
an "all-city" tour of New York.' -- Aerosol Planet, November 2006

`offers a from-the-trenches look at the work of over 100 of the
very best writers practising today.' -- Don't Panic, November 2006

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HUGO MARTINEZ is the director of the ALL CITY project in New York, developing installations and exhibitions featuring the most significant historical and contemporary graffiti artists. NATO, who is now a photographer, was a New York graffiti writer, "King" of the Number 7 line, and the graffiti columnist for the bi-monthly magazine/catalogue YRB. ANTONIO ZAYA is an editor and curator, who lives in Girona, Spain.

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Amazon.com: 3.3 out of 5 stars  11 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good book. 23 May 2008
By Nathan L. Puza - Published on Amazon.com
If you are looking for a book about pretty, glossy full color murals and pieces, don't buy this book. If you want a book about dirty, illegal, real graffiti, keep reading. The book is more of a photo essay on bombing, and the quotes throughout are great. I would recommend the book to graffiti fans, more casual readers should probably check out graffiti world or something like that.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars eww 12 Jan 2008
By M. Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
This book is just a complete waste of time. Its more of a photography book rather than graffiti. The pictures are either pictures of paint shoes, random people, or some good throw ups that get ruined by placing them on the crease. Nothing is labeled and no order is set. The quotes inside the book are good but either city officials or the same artists over and over. My recommendation is to buy another book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars descent book 1 Mar 2010
By Steven Sulpizio - Published on Amazon.com
if you can get this book cheap and you like bombing and the bombing lifestyle, then get this book. the only problem with it, is that it feels like it was thrown together real quick and sold. its not put together very well, but theres some dope photography in there.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Street Smarts 11 Dec 2008
By Michael Boyle - Published on Amazon.com
GRAFFITI NYC looks at graffiti, one of the most controversial, and certainly the most prevalent art forms to have manifested itself in the last fifty years. Through text and images graffiti's `ground zero', New York City, comes alive through the eyes of Martinez, who has been part of the `scene' for more than thirty years developing and documenting the cities street art since its inception nearly 40 years ago. His work, along with that of artist and photographer NATO and editor/curator Antonio Zaya, highlights the vocation of over 150 of today's best contemporary graffiti artists, or `writers'. There are quotations from a wide range of individuals involved, including those occupied in law enforcement, cultural commentary, and politics, along with those of the artists themselves. This is, without a doubt, an unapologetic celebration of contemporary graff. "The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GRAFFITI NYC 31 July 2008
By VOID:ALT/ABM - Published on Amazon.com
Mr. Martinez hits the spot with this true-to-the-game pictorial of recent and current writers in NYC. It's drenched and drippy with no-excuses, raw street, straight up. The quotes by various writers are just as raw. Only trouble I had was navigating from the index to un-numbered pages when I wanted to reference particular photos. Aside, a must-have for anyone down with the most relevant art form of our day.
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