Urban Spree Books is proud to announce the release of « Metamorphosis », the second published monograph by the Californian born, Berlin-based visual artist Tavar Zawacki – and the first under his real name.
Metamorphosis is being published to coincide with the opening of the artist’s solo show at Urban Spree Galerie, eponymously titled « Metamorphosis », on Thursday, September 7th, 2017.
At the time of his first publication (« Passport », released by Zero+ Publishing in 2011), the artist was going by the street name ABOVE, and was held as one of the pioneers and early influencers of the street art movement. Relocating to Berlin in 2014, the artist went into a deep and creative introspection that led him the next year to divulge his name and face, instead of the high secrecy that has always surrounded his self. He was known never to attend any of his exhibition openings and erected anonymity as a cardinal virtue, and shadows as a tool.
« Metamorphosis » covers Tavar Zawacki’s last 3 years of creative works, from his seminal 2014 « Remix » exhibition in Detroit at Inner State Gallery to his latest and most ambitious show to date at Urban Spree Galerie in September 2017. The book covers all his outdoor murals during that period and illustrates how the artist navigates between his indoor and outdoor works and the influences thereof.
« Metamorphosis » is a very personal account of Tavar’s creative process and thinking, where painful disruptions are essential to create something new and meaningful.
Tavar Zawacki has been showcasing his work in galleries and institutions around the world since 2005. He is a resident artist of Urban Spree in Berlin since 2 years. His solo show, « Metamorphosis », runs from 07.09.2017 to 08.10.2017 at Urban Spree Galerie in Berlin.
The book is published by Urban Spree Books and is available on the Urban Spree website here as pre-order and in our Berlin shop from the 07.09.2017. All orders will be shipped after the 07.09.2017.
We have a few rare signed copies of the artist’s previous book « Passport » available in the shop.