Although still on the margins of legality, street artists have slowly entered into the mainstream. Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art makes a bold attempt to trace the history of the graffiti and street art movements, strategically tossing out chronology in favor of a thematic history. Art and pop culture critic Carlo McCormick stresses the collaborative aspect of street art , an undertaking that replaces the cutthroat competition of the gallery with a partnership of artists looking out for one another. These artists all form a community with a common history. On the other side of memory is street art as memorial—the most obvious example being the Ghost Bike Movement, in which bicycles are painted white and locked up at intersections where bicyclists have been killed or seriously injured.

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Is Street Art mere vandalism or cutting edge urban art? Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art presents a survey of works by artists who work on the fringes of the recognised art world. Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art covers a wide array of engagements, tapping in to what is a highly expansive phenomenon that is not limited by theme or concept, technique, location or age.

The strength of Trespass is in the images of the works, which are essentially allowed to speak for themselves, as they would if you were presented by them in an urban setting.

While each theme is contextualised by a brief essay at the beginning of each chapter, establishing the history and speculating on the contents of the chapter, each image is allowed to stand on its own. There is a distinctive edginess to these art forms. Every day I walk past a life-sized, poster cut-out of Albert Einstein riding a bicycle pasted high up to the side of a building and it makes me smile. While Urban Art could be considered an acquired taste, it is an expanding form that bears much examination.

Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art provides as strong pictorial overview of this expanding art phenomena. It is published by Taschen.


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Main Description 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. It also includes dozens of previously unpublished photographs of long-lost works and legendary, ephemeral urban artworks.


Trespass: A History Of Uncommissioned Urban Art

Aya N. She likes dancing, traveling, cycling and spending time with her pets. The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti by Rafael Schacter Rafael Schacter, an anthropologist at University College of London, carried out a rather challenging project — to present the diversity of public art across the world and its historical context. In pages he included 5 continents, 25 countries and artists, in order to make an extensive reference on public art. The author narrowed down the artists using three parameters: the artists had to be active, to exhibit mainly outdoors and to represent a certain style.


Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art


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