Street art world.

By: Young, Alison.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Reaktion Books, 2016Description: 208 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9781780236704.Subject(s): Painting - Theory, Practice and Movements | Graffiti | Street artDDC classification: 751.73YOU
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Street art and graffiti are a familiar sight in all our cities. Giant murals commemorate historical events or proclaim the culture of a neighborhood, while tagged walls can function simultaneously as a claim to territory and a backdrop for an urban fashion shoot. Street Art World examines these divergent forms and functions of street art. This strikingly illustrated book explores every aspect of street art, from those who spray it into being to those who revel in it on Instagram, from its place under highway overpasses to one on the austere walls of high art museums.<br> What exactly is street art? Is it the same as graffiti, or do they have different histories, meanings, and practitioners? Who makes it? Who buys it? Can it be exhibited at all, or does it always have to appear unsanctioned? Talking with artists, collectors, sellers, and buyers, author Alison Young reveals an energetic world of self-made artists who are simultaneously passionate about an authentic form of expression and ambivalent about the prospects of selling it to make a living--even a fabulously good one.<br> Drawing on over twenty years of research, she juxtaposes the rise and fall of art markets against the vibrancy of the street and urban life, providing a rich history and new ways of contextualizing the words and images--some breathtakingly beautiful--that seem to appear overnight in cities around the world.<br>

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Young's Street Art World offers a welcome, extended, thoughtful, and insightful critical positioning of an amorphous universe of public, deeply conflicted creative expression. For all the ink spilled in the study and interpretation of street art, it is remarkable how little of the discussion has moved beyond picture books, manifestos, gazetteers, or thinly argued "hip" engagements with visual culture. Anchoring the book in a distinction between street art and graffiti, Young (criminology, Univ. of Melbourne, Australia) changes the narrative arc and charts a path for considering art routinely assigned to the margins of contemporary art. She adroitly maps and blurs the intersections between street art, graffiti, contemporary art, and advertising, framing the discussion around such concepts as "streetness," "touristification," performance, commodification, property, reputation, and public/civic space. Written in the first person, Street Art World conveys its critical arguments in a memoir-like fashion that amplifies the experience of encountering and intellectually processing the work in the street. Young's rich, smartly illustrated intervention draws on extensive interviews with artists and on the author's urban explorations around the globe. Street Art World is a must read for all who are drawn to vernacular visual culture. This is an exceptional book. Summing Up: Essential. All readers. --Bernard L. Herman, University of North Carolina