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The ultimate graffiti book, bursting with over 2,000 artworks from over 180 international artists
Nicholas Ganz, aka keinom, is a German graffiti artist, writer and photographer who has travelled worldwide documenting graffiti art. He has published multiple titles with Thames & Hudson. Tristan Manco is a graphic designer based in Hove, England, and pioneering author of books on the graffiti and the international street art scenes. He has published multiple books with Thames and Hudson, including Street Logos, Graffiti Brasil, Street Sketchbook: Journeys, Big Art / Small Art and Make Your Mark.
Following the unrelated project Autograf: New York City's Graffiti Writers (powerHouse), which also took an auteur-based approach this past season, Granz (whose pen name is Keinom) widens the scope to present those he sees as the world's top graffiti writers, offering alphabetical sections of artists from the Americas, Europe and "The Rest of the World." Short prefatory histories put New York at the center of the modern graffiti world, with South American countries like Brazil later having "reached a high standard." The work is beautifully photographed throughout; multiple pieces by each artist are laid out appealingly over verso-recto spreads, along with a paragraph by Granz detailing the artist's origins and the main thrust of the work (and occasionally a photo of the artist him or herself). From gigantic murals to tiny stickers, Granz has seen and photographed it all and talks knowledgeably about everything from "wildstyle" fontage to the non-orthographically based "character culture," where artists create (and replicate) cartoonish figures in various figurative exploits. Striking a colloquial balance between insider's knowledge and thoughtful presentation, Granz's book should be durable for its cohesion of vision, if not for the scale of presentation of each artist. (Nov.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Adult/High School-This book is packed with full-color photographs representative of graffiti styles and artists from around the world. Though there is still a level of lawlessness involved in some who practice in the traditional way, many of the murals shown are commissioned works of "urban art." The frequent use of nicknames and disguised photos shows that often these artists are still "underground" even as their art form becomes more recognized. The encyclopedic arrangement, first by continent and then by artist's nom de plume, serves the book well. Each continent also gets a foldout that demonstrates the best local artwork. Most of the textual information about the artists and their work is contained in a back "information" section, keeping the focus of the book on the art. This beautifully designed volume is respectful and knowledgeable about its oft-misunderstood subject matter. Budding artists everywhere will be thrilled to see the level of expertise that can be achieved in the graffiti format.-Jamie Watson, Harford County Public Library, MD Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
'Brilliantly charts the developments and trends of what has now
become a truly global phenomenon' - Computer Arts
'I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the visual arts' - The Art Book
'Ganz combines his own first-hand experiences with quotes from the artists themselves to offer a true insider's perspective' - New Design