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Untitled II. The Beautiful Renaissance: Street Art and Graffiti [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Gary Shove
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Book Description

16 Aug 2009
A brilliant successor to Untitled. Street Art in the Counterculture, this book about street art has again been created without the collaboration of the artists and certainly without the permission of the wall owners. Works featured are all recent creations and many exhibit the vile passions that rage between old schools and new. There are blatant statements that embody outrageous lies, articles laced with satire, plus cynical synopses of attempts to commercialize street art and make it fashionable via celebrity endorsement. Consideration is given to the question What the hell is it about the color grey that makes it appeal the powers that be and their ridiculous minions? and Outsider Art - is it an expression of artistic impulse without interference from the idea of personal gain?

All of this amongst a collection of graffiti collected from all over the world and preserved on these pages before the legions employed to destroy them chip them off the walls. Artists featured include Banksy, Miss Van, Dan Witz, Ron English, Obey, Blek le Rat, Swoon, Os Gemeos, and Herakut.

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: CarpetBombingCulture (16 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955912121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955912122
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 24.3 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Untitled was in a league of it's own.. Untitled II has absolutely confirmed this, there's nothing quite like it... --CFYE

Could Untitled II live up my expectations? In short, it does!. I just pulled a half dozen street art books out off my shelf to compare, and it is clear that the guys behind Untitled II have spared no expense in printing or finding the best photos.But the truth is that pictures are only half the story with Untitled II. The text alone is reason to buy this book... --Vandalog --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Every transcendental movement has it's history books. Guy Debord's Spectalist Manifesto and The Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks spring to mind.
This is ours . . . --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good variety of pics but very little info 15 Feb 2012
By Lucky L
I bought this book before its predecessor, but that didn't matter at all. It's basically a quality collection of street art pics, with some accompanying quirky blurb in places (some of which is entertainingly worth reading, some less so).

As street art books go, it's up there with the good'uns, but my main criticism is that I would have liked whatever artist/location info was available to appear alongside the photos on the pages, rather than just a small Picture Credit/Attributed Artists paragraph at the end of the book. Of course info is limited when you are talking about photos of street art contributed by numerous people, but still I'd have liked whatever sketchy info was available to be there with the photos.

Overall, it's a nice varied collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for Nola 29 Sep 2009
By Jonesy
I picked up Untitled II at the Banksy Bristol Museum show in August. It's a wonderful companion to vol 1 and seems to carry on chronologically where Untitled left off.

It's a real mash up of street work and includes a feature on Dolk and Pobel putting up some amazing work in an abandoned fishing village in Norway. There's also a whole section given over to Banksy and Swoon hitting up Nola.
The book is part critique and part laugh a minute which makes for an interesting read but the books real strength is that it features such a stunning breadth of work from around the world.
It just goes to show that creativity on the streets is still very much alive and kicking. It's worth buying for the Nola work on it's own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So nice. 3 July 2010
There is a great collection of witty and beautiful graffitis in this book, accompanied by interesting short reads, outlining the reality of the urban bonding behind graffiti artists. So pleasant and interesting, if anyone is interested in graffitis or has read Wall and Piece, this is a great book to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Street Art 10 Sep 2011
Cafefully peruse the extensive catalogue, um and ah, place order, pay and receive in a few days. Great service. Street Art rocks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 1 Oct 2010
By Patrick - Published on
I own around 10 street art books and this one is definitely one of my favorites. The image quality is great, the size is so big and perfect, and the pages have a real nice glossy feel to them. Something about just clicking through the "Look Inside" link on Amazon doesn't really give you an idea of how great this book is. You just have to have it in your hands. Very glad I made this purchase.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I and III 4 Mar 2013
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Some of the artwork in this book appears in book III. The book is okay but I definitely liked Untitled I and Untitled III a lot better. I didn't like the artwork or the writing in this book as much. It's not a bad book, it's just not as good as the other two, which were both excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful but not flawless 10 Oct 2011
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spectacular book but barely had a chance to lookm at it and a page was detached from the binding===afraid of reading it and certsainly leaving it out as a tabletop book---how can im get the pages to stay secure...
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