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Sensacional: Mexican Street Graphics [Hardcover]

David Byrne , Juan Carlos Mena , Oscar Reyes , Steven Heller
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7 Oct 2002
Walk down any street in Mexico, and you will be greeted by images of soccer stars, mariachi singers, space ships, taxis, tortas, tequila, or any one of the colourful posters that shopkeepers, advertisers, designers and artists have put up throughout their cities and towns. This is a collection of these outrageous, vivid, exuberant and beautiful images that so often define public space south of the border. In contrast to the corporate efficiency of so much American signage, the images collected here depict a vibrant and experimental visual culture. Advertising everything from sex clubs, wrestling arenas, and restaurants to dentist's offices, auto-body shops, locksmiths and shoe-repair stores, these images provide a monument to the craft of vernacular design, and are as much a part of the streetscape as the buildings they cover. Following a foreword by musician and artist David Byrne, and an introduction by design historian Steven Heller, the work presents more than 300 colour illustrations of Mexico's most animated street graphics.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 339 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (7 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568983468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568983462
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 17.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,153,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 24 Nov 2009
The whole point of this book is that the artworks are crude-They're all in a naive style, hand drawn by untrained artists-some of the images are brilliant. My binding hasn't fallen apart and I've had the book for years
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1.0 out of 5 stars boring rubbish 31 Aug 2009
very crude artwork & not in a good way
the book is perfect bound (gluded spine) & fell apart in the post
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant! 27 Jun 2003
By Javier del Bosco - Published on
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For once, a graphic book that lets the images speak for themselves. Outstanding printing, true to the essence. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Such a nice book 3 Jan 2013
By F. Dias - Published on
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When i bought this book i thought it would be just an amazing collection of pictures and graphics but, for my surprise, it contains some really good words by different artists, who can make you rethink and rebuild your ideas and points of view on the art subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Essay by David Byrnn 25 Mar 2014
By Chelsea - Published on
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This was just what I was looking for. Great articles, and awesome inspirational artwork. Great to see things with a human touch to them.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book in the World! 31 Dec 2012
By Laurel Coleman - Published on
I keep this book on my coffee table and look at it over and over. The art in these pages will disappear someday. I'm so glad that a good photographer has taken the time to capture these signs that represent such a chapter in real Mexican history. I also loved the intelligent writing of all of the writers. One of the coolest books I have ever seen!
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice photos. 9 Nov 2011
By Oscar - Published on
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Buy this if you want a collection of street art. It's a good reference book--no text however. The binding is not the best, I had to use my jade glue to fix it but did not really mind that--books get worn out.
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