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The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti

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About the Author

Rafael Schacter is honorary research fellow at the Department of Anthropology at University College, London. John Fekner is a street and multimedia artist.


"Curator Schacter offers a stunning survey of artists known for their nonsanctioned public work in this concisely written, yet comprehensive volume ... This valuable and impressive tome, featuring a foreword by street and multimedia artist John Fekner, provides an informative, consistent, and well-illustrated narrative of a global art phenomenon."-Publishers Weekly, starred review Publishers Weekly "Rafael Schacter, a British curator and anthropologist, has bundled into the book's 400 pages a range of styles and modes offering a rare and pleasant encounter with art in which the critic stays (mostly) out of the way ... Incorporating histories of graffiti in cities like Sao Paulo and Tokyo, the book shows us a medium exceptional in its grasping for an essence of place and time. Oh, and it's beautiful, too."-New York Times Book Review New York Times Book Review "The art book to beat all art books sets out to become the definitive reference guide on international street art, covering artists hiding in all corners of the globe. From Shepard Fairey's iconic work in California to Tima Radya's political musings across Russia to Os Gemeos' magical characters sprinkled around Brazil, the anthology of murals and more illuminates the visual beauty of street art, as well as the rich history behind it."-Huffington Post Huffington Post "This is an excellent introduction to graffiti/street art for readers such as myself, and it will satisfy connoisseurs of the trade, as well."-Kevin Wong, Popmatters -- Kevin Wong Popmatters "You'd be hard-pressed to find a nicer-looking coffee table book than The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti. Compiled by Rafael Schacter and put out by Yale University Press, the book is a hefty production, weighing about as much as a laptop and chock-full of gorgeous color photos of some of the planet's most stunning, creative, classic and avant-garde art on walls, trains and sidewalks." "Rarely does a publication come along that can qualify as a definitive reference, but this is definitely one. More than merely a presentation of mural painting and the myriad forms of independent urban creations, it is a validation of the aforementioned as fine art ... an indispensable reference for art history students and art lovers everywhere."-San Francisco Book Review San Francisco Book Review "This is a big volume and would make a great coffee table book."-Seattle Post-Intelligencer Seattle Post-Intelligencer "This is a great overview of a fascinating art genre, and its excellent presentation will make it a great gift"-Nico Vreeland, Chamber Four -- Nico Vreeland Chamber Four "... a piece of art in and of itself." -- Sandra Cruz "Let's hope that Schacter's book finds its way to the folks who oversee the installation of public art in the city. Some in Boston would like to see the Dewey Square commissions go to local artists, but why not open them to the world? Why not consider the celestial allegorical murals by Interesni Kazki, a duo from Kiev, Ukraine, or the gritty larger-than-life portraits by Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto? This book holds a world of possibilities."-Jan Gardner, Boston Globe -- Jan Gardner Boston Globe "The most eye-opening aspect of this massive, and possibly even definitive, volume is the introduction it offers to graffiti artists in other countries. Among these masterworks are the Philip Guston-like intricacies of EKTA's creations in Sweden, ARZ's work in Barcelona, the dreamscapes of AEC and WAONE in Kiev, the Roy Lichtenstein-inspired work of CEPT in London, the nearly countless artists in Mexico City and Melbourne, and the astonishing fantasy animals of BMD in New Zealand. But this is just scratching the surface of the visual delights inside this volume."-Alan Bisbort, Below the Fold -- Alan Bisbort Below the Fold "A truly international and entertaining city by city guide to the most spectacular and most sly works of contemporary art in public places, sometimes authorized, sometimes not."-Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle -- Kenneth Baker San Francisco Chronicle Winner of the 2014 Los Angeles Book Festival in the Photography/Art Category. -- Los Angeles Book Festival JM Northern Media LLC

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