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Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art [Hardcover]

Carlo McCormick , Ethel Seno
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Book Description

25 Sep 2010
Graffiti and unsanctioned art--from local origins to global phenomenon In recent years street art has grown bolder, more ornate, more sophisticated and--in many cases--more acceptable. Yet unsanctioned public art remains the problem child of cultural expression, the last outlaw of visual disciplines. It has also become a global phenomenon of the 21st century. Made in collaboration with featured artists, "Trespass" examines the rise and global reach of graffiti and urban art, tracing key figures, events and movements of self-expression in the city's social space, and the history of urban reclamation, protest, and illicit performance. The first book to present the full historical sweep, global reach and technical developments of the street art movement, "Trespass "features key works by 150 artists, ""and connects four generations of visionary outlaws including Jean Tinguely, Spencer Tunick, Keith Haring, Os Gemeos, Jenny Holzer, Barry McGee, Gordon Matta-Clark, Shepard Fairey, Blu, Billboard Liberation Front, Guerrilla GirlsandBanksy, among others. It also includes dozens of previously unpublished photographs of long-lost works and legendary, ephemeral urban artworks. Also includes: - Unpublished images of street art by Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat - Unpublished photographs by Subway Art luminary Martha Cooper - Unpublished photos from the personal archives of selected artists - Incisive essays by Anne Pasternak (director of public arts fund Creative Time) and civil rights lawyer Tony Serra - Special feature: exclusive preface by Banksy""

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH (25 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836509644
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836509640
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 12.9 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carlo McCormick is a pop culture critic, curator and Senior Editor of Paper magazine. His numerous books, monographs and catalogs include Beautiful Losers: Contemporary Art and Street Culture, The Downtown Book: The New York Art Scene 1974-1984, and Dondi White: Style Master General. His work has appeared in Art in America, Art News, Artforum and many other publications. Marc and Sara Schiller founded Wooster Collective in 2001, a website that celebrates and plays a crucial role in documenting otherwise ephemeral street art. Based in New York City, the collective curated most of the contemporary images in Trespass. Its "Wooster On Paper" series presents the work of international artists in limited edition books. Ethel Seno received her BA in the College of Letters from Wesleyan University before teaming with TASCHEN, where she worked with William Claxton on Jazzlife and New Orleans 1960, and David LaChapelle on Artists & Prostitutes and Heaven to Hell. Having grown up in Tokyo, she feels most at home in urban environments and currently resides in Los Angeles.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A BIG book, that strays from the beaten path 16 Oct 2010
This book is great value. It is BIG. If you're looking for a collection of current Urban Art favourites (ie. Banksy, Obey..etc), this is NOT that book. This is a collection of photographs of work and artists that are not the usual suspects. Loads of interesting stuff from the last 40 years, that I'm fairly sure won't be familiar to most people. While 'Beyond the Street' is a great overview of the current StreetArt scene, this is more of a historical overview. Definitely worth adding to your book collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it! 27 Dec 2010
I recently had the pleasure of meeting one of the artists whose work is featured in this book, and I absolutely loved looking through it with him and him explaining to me his take on urban art. It's a brilliant book for anyone who appreciates art or is looking for inspiration, and doesn't just focus on the usual names that pop into your mind when you think of urban art. I love it and would most definitely reccommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Art and Ideas 18 Sep 2011
Trespass is much more than a book about graffiti and posters; it's a book full of all kinds of interesting urban art projects involving sculpture, photography, performance art, happenings, interventions and plenty of urban visual subversion.

These artists are reaching out to the mass of people who never set foot in a gallery, to surprise, delight and challenge their ideas about art, and their beliefs in general.
The artists believe in free speech and in expressing their political views in the public realm, potentially face arrest and a criminal record, this adds to the impact of the works shown.

The book covers artwork from around the world, most coming from New York, London and Brazil. Each chapter has a written introduction, some of which are rather dry and academic.
I would have liked to have read more stories by the artists themselves about how and why they created the artworks.

A visually striking survey of the wide-ranging field that is urban art.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good overview 2 April 2011
By K-Trane
'Trespass' is a good overview of the history of street art - graffiti, stencil art, performance, etcetera. Lotsa great photos, though the essays are rather arid. Bit too academic, there's no stories there. And that's what I'm after when I read stuff like this: stories. But quit nagging: it's still a good buy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting.. 31 Dec 2010
By Abena
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This book is a lot BIGGER than I expected but packed full of interesting imagaes to me as a novice in urban art (I prefer photography) Exellent price for a what you get, could do with some more info on artists/images thou.. 8/10
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