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SWET: Book of the Year

Chemistry Publishing just released “Book of the Year”, a comprehensive monograph encompassing 1 year of walls by the danish graffiti writer SWET, active in the scene since 30 years and nicknamed the “King of Swing”.

All the walls were painted during the calendar year 2017, at the pace of 1 piece a day, all of them documented in the book, including some sketches. This new project follows up his 2009 book “SWET goes RED”, where the artist challenged himself into painting 100 pieces in 100 days, using only the red color.

The book is bound with a piece of a canvas specially painted by SWET for this project and each book has a different binding.

The book is available on the Urban Spree webstore here.



Top 5 street art & graffiti books of 2016

2016 saw a number of excellent book releases related to street art and graffiti in an ever expanding universe of specialized publications. Berlin-based gallery and bookshop Urban Spree chose 5 outstanding books published in 2016.

 


Wall Writers – Graffiti in Its Innocence

Edited by Roger Gastman

Published by Gingko Press

c01 Wall Writers fills an important gap in the segment of the historical approach to graffiti as it seeks to document the very origins of modern graffiti and wall writing at the source – New York City and Philadelphia in the late 1960s – and features in-depth research and interviews with major pioneer writers such as Taki183 and Cornbread with a lot of previously unpublished photographic archive.

Wall Writers explores graffiti’s foray into mainstream society in a period of social turmoil and tries to replace it in the culture of the time and up to its current status of a greater acceptance by the society as a popular art form. Alongside the 2012-published “bible” curated by Andrea Caputto “All City Writers“, Wall Writers is a reference book and research on the topic of the origins of the movement.

Wall Writers is also a documentary film written by Chris Pape and directed by Roger Gastman, released in 2016.

 


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by Boris Tellegen / Delta

Published by A Paper Book

15034715_1785472801691571_2663648574205591552_n8697 by the dutch writer & artist Boris Tellegen a.k.a. Delta is a comprehensive time-travel journey encompassing 11 years of black book production. The black books are sketchbooks where a writer sketches, pastes photographs of his pieces, polishes his style and makes research for future pieces. Those notebooks, oscillating between training and memorabilia, are rarely seen by the public and are however an essential part of the writer’s style evolution.

Boris Tellegen started graffiti in 1984 at 14 in Amsterdam and caught the virus while visiting the USA with his father and discovered Seen, Quik, Blade… and later Bando in Paris.

“Between 1986 and 1997, I kept a black book. It was an A4-sized book with a hard cover in which I made sketches and pasted photos of my own grati work. Particularly in the early years, I had the book with me wherever I went. The black book allowed me to show other writers what I’d done. Not everything made it into the book, only the work I was proud of. Gradually, the function of the book changed from portfolio to personal logbook. The black book stayed at home more and more often and I began pasting all kinds of stu in it. However, instead of using suitable glues to paste the photos and sketches, I used poor quality glue such as rubber cement, blue 3M photo mount and adhesive tape. My first book, a Daler, had paper of reasonable quality. When this was full in 1992 I bought another sketchbook. The paper of this one was of very poor quality and yellowed very quickly. Gradually the books began to fall apart. With this publication I intend to give my black books a longer life. For that reason, I have not made a selection of my work, but instead every page from both black books is photographed and accompanied by annotations in the back.”

The book is a luxury object with a thick leather cover and biographical notes where the artist traces the origins of his graffiti style as well as moments and cities which were critical to his formative years.

 


Conor Harrington: Watch Your Palace Fall

Published by Heni Publishing

conor-harrington-227x300Released by a british art publisher usually specialized in Francis Bacon or Gerhard Richter’s monographs and catalogues raisonnés, Watch Your Palace Fall is a well-deserved achievement for the London-based Irish street artist and painter, whose original graffiti practice evolved to street art and wall painting to a work more focused on studio paintings, influenced by the movement and gesture of graffiti, classical painting from the Siècle d’Or and modern english painting.

The monograph is organized between outdoor works and indoor pieces and is a comprehensive and high-quality book retracing Conor Harrington’s career to date, and is a good example of a successful trajectory from street art to contemporary art circles.

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Saeio 2009 – 2014

Published by Editions Peinture

saeio-2009-2014Earlier in the year, French independent publishing house Editions Peinture published the first monograph of the French post-graffiti artist Saeio.

Spanning 5 years of street works from the member of the Parisian PAL Crew, the books distinguishes itself by an elegant and sober layout (rightfully inspired by the seminal CAP Crew book of 2007), and the originality of the paintings. Saeio’s graffiti style and paintings are redefining the practice of wall painting, tagging, and the way public spaces are utilized.

Saeio is blurring the lines of graffiti, deconstructing patterns, and fostering a modern and innovative approach of the genre.

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Ericailcane 2000-2015: “Come Quando Fuori Non Piove”

Published by Z000 Press

ericailcane-2000-2015-come-quando-fuori-non-pioveEricailcane 2000-2015 is the first anthology of all the wall paintings by Ericailcane.

Ericailcane is an Italian street artist and painter versed in anthropomorphic, poetic and fairytale wall painting style. Often associated with Blu, Ericailcane brings a sense of wonderment to street painting and the book is an artistic tour de force that follows 15 years of activity with over 250 murals in more than 20 countries.

 

 

 

 



Ben Thé: Book Release and Residency

Geneva-based artist and graphic designer Ben Thé is currently spending a month-long residency at Urban Spree, sharing the studio of his Geneva longtime friend and Urban Spree Resident Artist Rylsee. Both are preparing a “Späti-themed” exhibition in Geneva which will open later this year.

Ben Thé just published “Sketch Book Edition“, a self-published artist book which gathers a selection of his best sketches stemming from his impressive sketch books, 15 volumes to date, spanning the years 2008-2015 for this first publication.

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Ben Thé is a highly talented illustrator and his sketchbooks, adorned with drawings, flash tattoos, collages, are an endless source of pop wonderment.

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The book comes in a very nice limited edition of 200 signed copies, exclusively available in Germany at Urban Spree Berlin.

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You can purchase a signed copy in the Urban Spree online shop here or directly in our Berlin shop. Quantities are limited.

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Only available in the Berlin shop, Ben Thé brought us some copies of his new funky doggy poster.

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The Galerie is also selling his original piece from the Teufelsberg series, available here.



The Jaunt Berlin Book Launch

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The Jaunt combines the two best things in life: Art & Travel. Over the course of two years The Jaunt has organised a variety of trips with artists traveling to places like Helsinki, Istanbul, Antwerp, Los Angeles and beyond. Artists like Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman, Jordy van den Nieuwendijk, Mike Perry, David Shillinglaw and most recently our resident artist Andrea Wan have been sent on their way to become inspired. After each trip the artists create a unique artwork capturing the spirit and essence of their trip. On their trip the artists keep a travel diary for all the people back home. We travel the world,we inspire and we create.

 

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In its first publication The Jaunt has gathered all the stories, drawings, snapshots and keepsakes from the artists on their trips. The book features exclusive interviews with the artists about their creative process, and shows unique sketches and photos from the trips. Offering a behind-the-scenes look of our artists and the project itself. A perfect introduction for everybody not yet familiar with the project, or a deeper insight if you have been following our trips along the way.

 

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Roman Klonek: Cut the Crap

Urban Spree Galerie presents “Cut the Crap“, a new series of woodcut printings by Düsseldorf-based visual artist Roman Klonek that will be exhibited in our Galerie Ecke.

The Opening Cererony will take place on Friday, September 7th, from 19:00 and occurs during Berlin’s Urban Art Week (05-12 September 2018).

In “Cut the Crap”, the traditional craftsmanship of wood carving meets experimental forms of narration. The stories are free of categorical specifications, neither temporally nor spatially clear.

Comparably perhaps most likely with a multi-layered sketchbook, which one may imagine here once the paper would be transparent and everything “drawn” a hopeless gibberish and confusion.

 

 

 

“Maybe I should now mention that I love to make a mess to clean it up afterwards. If it comes to an unexpected coincidence of two or more ideas (which often happens in a natural way), it may well happen that these encounters cause a moment of happiness in me because of their originality.

As far as the combination of ideas or picture elements is concerned, I like to move in the tradition of the so-called B-Movies, which are an alternative to the calculable mainstream cinema, with much more risk-taking and no consideration for conceptual rigor, often show the key features in telling stories – the moments of surprise.”

 

https://www.instagram.com/roman_klonek/

For information about the show, please get in touch with galerie@urbanspree.com

“Cut the Crap”
New Woodcut Printings
A Solo Show by Roman Klonek
Urban Spree Galerie (Ecke)
Opening: 07/09/2018 from 1:00
Exhibition: 08/09/2018 – 30/09/2018
Tu-Su 12:00/19:00



Roman Klonek: Cut the Crap

Urban Spree Galerie presents “Cut the Crap“, a new series of woodcut printings by Düsseldorf-based visual artist Roman Klonek that will be exhibited in our Galerie Ecke.

The Opening Cererony will take place on Friday, September 7th, from 19:00 and occurs during Berlin’s Urban Art Week (05-12 September 2018).

In “Cut the Crap”, the traditional craftsmanship of wood carving meets experimental forms of narration. The stories are free of categorical specifications, neither temporally nor spatially clear.
Comparably perhaps most likely with a multi-layered sketchbook, which one may imagine here once the paper would be transparent and everything “drawn” a hopeless gibberish and confusion.
“Maybe I should now mention that I love to make a mess to clean it up afterwards. If it comes to an unexpected coincidence of two or more ideas (which often happens in a natural way), it may well happen that these encounters cause a moment of happiness in me because of their originality. As far as the combination of ideas or picture elements is concerned, I like to move in the tradition of the so-called B-Movies, which are an alternative to the calculable mainstream cinema, with much more risk-taking and no consideration for conceptual rigor, often show the key features in telling stories – the moments of surprise.”

 

https://www.instagram.com/roman_klonek/

For information about the show, please get in touch with galerie@urbanspree.com

“Cut the Crap”
New Woodcut Printings
A Solo Show by Roman Klonek
Urban Spree Galerie (Ecke)
Opening: 07/09/2018 from 1:00
Exhibition: 08/09/2018 – 30/09/2018
Tu-Su 12:00/19:00