The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti

The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti

By Rafael Schacter

An authoritative guide to the most important street artists, schools, and styles from around the world.

Spray-can graffiti associated with Latino gangs, most notably the “cholo” graffiti of Los Angeles, first appeared in Latin America in the early twentieth century. Street art has evolved into a highly intricate and ornate art form that has spread to nearly every corner of the world. The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti is the definitive survey of international street art, focusing on the most influential urban artists and artworks worldwide. Because the lives and works of urban artists are inextricably linked to specific streets and locations, this lavishly illustrated book includes specially commissioned “city artworks” that provide a close look at these urban landscapes.

More than 100 of today’s most important street artists—including Espo in New York, Shepard Fairey in Los Angeles, Os Gêmeos in Brazil, and Anthony Lister in Australia—are profiled alongside key examples of their work, which are organised geographically by country and city. Each region’s evolution of street art and graffiti is also documented, providing important historical context. This landmark publication provides a nuanced understanding of a pervasive contemporary art practise, with contributions from the foremost authorities on street art and graffiti. The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti highlights the importance of urban art’s strong commitment to a spontaneous creativity that is inextricably linked to the city’s architecture.

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