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Street Art and the War on Terror [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Xavier Tapies , Eleanor Mathieson
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31 Aug 2007
How the World's best graffiti artists said NO to the Iraq War. 176 pages of amazing, visceral anti-War graffiti. Includes the work of Banksy, Blek le Rat, Dolk, Happy and many more. Covers USA, Canada, Europe, Middle East, Australia, Japan and South-East Asia. Brilliant caricatures of our warmongering politicians - Bush, Blair, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Howard in Australia and Aznar in Spain. The most complete collection of anti-War graffiti available.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Rebellion Books Ltd (31 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095533988X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955339882
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 27.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 885,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Xavier A. Tapies is an Anglo-Argentinian writer and activist who writes on the loss of civil liberties and the growing democratic deficit in the West. This is his first book on the visual language of opposition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 12 Nov 2007
I found this after having really enjoyed Banksy's book (Wall and Piece) and I was looking for something similar. What I like about this though is that it's got street art from all over the world - things i would have never seen otherwise.

I found it interesting to see the responses to the war from loads of different countries, and it made me think that 'guerilla art' is more powerful than it would normally get credit for. This book seems to have all the best artists out there - from what I know of street art - and a lot I will be looking into more (Space Hijackers seem great).

It is also surprisingly well written for what is primarily a picture book, and the text gives you the background to the art which is good.

So, for anyone who wants to know more about street art, and see some of the best stuff that's out there at the moment, I don't think you will be disappointed with this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable document 9 Dec 2007
I stumbled across this book through the New York Times, which, after a good review, desribed it as an "invaluable document". This in part because many of the hard hitting images lasted only hours in the public domain before various state agencies (of more or less repressive regimes) covered them up. Luckily, the efforts of the book's editors provided a vehicle whereby the creators of these protests against the war in Iraq and the more nebulous "war on terror" could put their work on show globally. For anyone who marched in London against the war, or who supects there is something unsettling and coercive in the behaviour of America and its friends this is indeed an invaluable, enjoyable and absorbing record and required reminder that resistance is alive and well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift 6 Nov 2013
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The person I gave this to has a great interest in street art and really appreciated this as a gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very provoking 28 May 2013
A very impressive collection of street art pieces on the Iraq war and the tension between the West and East. Definitely worth a buy if you are into street art and political activism.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on the topic 18 Dec 2007
By Michael J. Colbruno - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautifully composed book that looks at street from every corner of the globe. But what sets this book apart is the extremely insightful narrative that accompanies the photos. You will never look at street art or the war on terror in the same way.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Flojo y facilón 21 Sep 2008
By Daniel Lobo - Published on Amazon.com
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"Arte callejero y la guerra contra el terror" es el titulo de un libro que recopila muestras globales de arte callejero durante la administración Bush en Estados Unidos y críticas con sus políticas. Tras el subtítulo "como los mejores artistas del graffiti dijeron no a la guerra en Iraq" ofrece tanto una muestra interesante como algunas lagunas en su planteamiento.

En el libro estoy involucrado como autor con las cuatro imágenes que he donado de Washington DC. Y mientras me siento agradecido cada vez que tengo la oportunidad de diversificar las representaciones de esta ciudad y ofrecer algo de su lectura más compleja y distante, también es cierto que son muchos los que buscan perspectivas comunes tanto en su documentación de la ciudad como en sus intervenciones artísticas. En realidad es una sorpresa halagadora pero incómoda que DC sólo haya sido representado a través de mis fotos.

En muchos casos agrupar a todas las muestras bajo una protesta directa contra la llamada "guerra contra el terror" y la guerra y ocupación de Iraq se convierte en un grueso ejercicio de generalización. Un ejercicio que esconde matices obvios y no tan obvios, como el ramillete de protestas que están más relacionadas con sentimientos anticapitalistas, aspectos de la cultura estadounidense, o críticas a la idiosincrasia contemporánea, que relacionada explícitamente con el vigente gobierno estadounidense. Del mismo modo, los textos parecen no estar escritos en relación con los autores de las obras, ni en relación con los autores de la acción como los de la fotografía en si. Esto genera así un texto genérico, a menudo gratuito que responde a la reflexión personal de Xavier Tápies, editor al cargo de ese aspecto. Son comentarios que buscan a menudo ilustrar imágenes que no lo necesitan y peor aún muchas son las conclusiones sobre lo representado que no se corresponden con el contexto local. Es así en buena medida en las imágenes de Washington y en ese sentido añadiría doble valor la idea de ofrecer la imagen sin narrativa ajena en lugar de generar un relleno forzado.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Pesimo 19 Mar 2008
By Mauricio Gomez Quintero - Published on Amazon.com
Nada que no se vea en Internet, realmente esperaba algo de analisis, historia, cronica y contexto. Pero noe s mas que imagenes que bien se pueden sacar de Flickr.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shipped in timely manner 7 Jan 2008
By Jennifer E. Higdon - Published on Amazon.com
We found this book at the Tate Modern in London, and loved it. It's fascinating. However, with the currency exchange rate these days, it was much cheaper to find it in the states. This book was a Christmas gift for our family, and was shipped in good condition and in a timely manner. High marks!
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2.0 out of 5 stars not impressed 2 Jan 2008
By J.W. Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
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The collection of art in the book isn't bad, but the way it is presented and the captions accompanying the works leave a lot to be desired. I am not a Bush supporter, but i don't want to have a graffiti of a monkey likened to Bush without any evidence that the artist had that idea in mind. The captions are extremely anti-Bush and one dimensional; everything is about the illegal war in Iraq, the Bush war machine, or the Bush-Blair collaboration. I am a liberal, but anything this one sides invokes in me a desire to play devils advocate. Not an altogether well thought out or significant consideration of the art, but again, the art is good. And to be fair, -some- of the artists were "saying" exactly what the makers of this book wanted them to be saying.
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