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
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.
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.
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.
'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.