Alachua County Library. Street World and Graffiti World

1. Street World : Urban Art and Culture from Five Continents / 2007

From New York and Los Angeles to the Brazilian mega-cities, South African townships, and Mumbai, authors Roger Gastman, Caleb Neelon, and Anthony Smyrski highlight cultural hotspots around the world. Divided into more than 100 topics and illustrated with more than 1000 photographs, this book celebrates the street as a stage for the visual creativity of a generation of young people.

This book is not concentrated on street art, it is rather basic overview of urban culture. All of the world’s diverse subcultures and modes of urban expression together: graffiti, skateboarding and bike messengering, DJing, offbeat fashion, gang life, music, as well as design, photography, and other more traditional visual art. Many urban subcultures have joined together to become something larger, more powerful, and more pervasive than ever before. This book encapsulates the most inspirational  and visually creative moments of that time (2007).

Space Invader, BLU, Jeff Zimmermann, Miss Van, Obey Giant…

2. Graffiti World : Street Art from Five Continents / 2009

New version of Street World by Nicholas Ganz (also known as Keinom,) a graffiti artist who has traveled around the world to gather material for this book. New collection includes more than 2,000 illustrations by over 150 artists around the world.

Graffiti has long been a ubiquitous aspect of the urban landscape, since anonymous, largely unsung spray-can art first hit city walls in New York and Philadelphia in the late 1960s. As hip-hop culture spread from America, graffiti became a worldwide phenomenon, emerging in the 1980s as the symbolic artistic language of young people everywhere. Today’s graffiti artists incorporate a variety of mediums, including stickers, stencils, oils, acrylics, and oil-based chalk, as well as an ever-expanding range of social commentary. This evolution in style and subject matter has guaranteed graffiti’s long-lasting influence on art, graphic design, and style around the world.

This book is mostly about new graffiti or so-called street art, characterized by more innovative approaches to form and technique that go beyond traditional perceptions of the classic graffiti style. History and evolution of graffiti.

Nick Walker, Banksy, Blek Le Rat, Obey Giant, Faith 47, Os Gemeos, Bask, Buff Monster, Miss Van, Swoon… and many crews… Veterans of street art. Some of the artists still are very relevant nowadays but their style in most cases looks different.

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