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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in-depth research and interviews with major pioneer writers such as Taki183 and Cornbread with a lot of previously unpublished photographic archive.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.

 

 

 

 



Dubl Trubl: A collaborative street art group show

During the Berlin Art Week and until the 26th of October 2014, Urban Spree Galerie presents the collaborative group show “Dubl Trubl“.

Curated by Dscreet, the show invites street and graffiti artists predominantly from the London scene to Berlin to work in duos and display artworks made on a collaboration basis. The whole Urban Spree compound is being repainted as well in a variation of only 3 colors (yellow, white, black).

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Aeon, Alex CF, Alex Fakso, Andrew Gillman, Anthony Lister, Base 23, Billy, Birdseed, BO 130, BRK 192, Chips, Chips For The Poor, Christiaan Nagel, Chris Stead, Chum101, Cityzen Kane, Civil Civic, Cone, Conor Harrington, Crack, Creeps, Crilly Smalls, Cyclops, Dabs & Myla, Dan Speight, Darren John, Dave the Chimp, Deus, Dmote, Drax, Dscreet, Ebot, Eazel E, EMA, Eoin, François Jenssard, Fred Fowler, Gemma White, Ghostpatrol, Girl In The Cartoon, Jumble, Kasio, Kid Acne, Kid Crow, Kirpy, Lucas Dupuy, Ludvig, Lush, Malarky, Mark McClure, Matt Sewell, Merda, Microbo, Olivia Skalkos, Party, Paul Insect, Phil Ashcroft, Phlegm, Pure Evil, Rainman, Rask, Reka, Richt, Rone, Rowdy, Run, Rylsee, Sickboy, Sinic, Skary, Skewville, Skip WD, Sumo, Thierry Noir, Tim Head, Timba Smits, Tizer, Trico, TwoOne, Vents 137, Vinnie Nylon, Xeme, Word To Mother, Ziggy Grudzinskas, 44 Flavours, 45RPM and 616.

http://dubltrubllove.tumblr.com

Please request the catalogue/price list to: galerie@urbanspree.com



Street Art Meeting // Afterparty

To conclude the first day of the Street Art Meeting with groovy sonic vibes, there will be an after party in the club.

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Street Art Meeting // Winter Edition 2014

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<< Street Art Festival & Exhibition with Street Artists and like-minded Individuals from All Over the Globe, including some Berlin Street Art Legends, Graffiti Kings and City Heroes… Curated by Alesh One / DZT!

DAY 1 >> Fr 21. Februar 2014 / 13:00 till late
STREET ART MEETING 2014 / Winter-Edition
>> During the night: Party in the Club till you can’t dance!
On the wheels of steel: MITCH ALIVE (Funkstation) & some special guests!

>> OPEN STUDIOS / GALLERY 21.-23.02.2014 
(open daily from 13:00 till late)
We are transforming the whole location into one huge open studio and gallery, where artists will be working and exhibiting during the event from friday till sunday.
Come by and visit us to catch some original art works or just to have a look over the artist shoulder…
Support your local vandals! There will be a small corner shop where you can get some stickers, tshirts and other merch from your favorite artists.

>> SCREENPRINT CLASH / 14:00 / 17:00 / 21:00
We are holding screen print sessions and workshops with selected artists from friday till sunday (3 times a day / registration necessary).
Some of the artists are screenprinting on your favorite tshirts and stuff you bring…
There is a limited capacity for the daily screenprint sessions in the studio – early registrations welcome! But dont worry – there are plans for some “wild-sessions” in the gallery.

>> SKETCH CLUB
Bring your BlackBooks and get em signed or just sketch with us. There will be a corner where kids and addicts can sketch their latest ideas. > OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS! < Show us your stuff (Sketchbook, Portfolio, Photos) and become a part of the Street Art Meeting / Main Event in the Summer of 2014.

>> STICKERIA 1.0
Some of us are Sticker-Maniacs and we won´t stop… Share or trade your stickers with others. There will be a peep-show of selected stickers during the SAM event powered by the Sticker Museum Berlin and attending artists. Please dont cry if you miss it!

>> STREET ART TOURS // Day´n Night
We are holding guided Street Art Tours > twice a day 15:00 / 21:00 (registration at the SAM Info-Point necessary). Walk the streets of Berlin to check out the latest Pieces / Guided by Artists.

>> DARKROOM CINEMA
(Screenings will be announced during the event in our “DarkRoom Cinema”)
Step into the world of street art and graffiti and slide into the night. Peep behind the scenes and have a look through the artists eyes. We are screening some dope flix and exclusive movies.
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DAY 2 >> Saturday 22. Februar 2014 / 13:00 till late
STREET ART MEETING 2014 / Winter-Edition

Exhibition / Open Studios / Screenprint Clash / Sketch Club / Stickeria / DarkRoom Cinema / Party with Live-DJs
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DAY 3.0 >> Sunday 23. Februar 2014 / 13:00h – 18:00h
STREET ART MEETING 2014 / Winter-Edition

Exhibition / Open Studios / Screenprint Clash / Sketch Club / Stickeria / DarkRoom Cinema

From 20:00 SOLO PIANO CONCERT @ Urban Spree Gallery / Tigran Hamasyan
Check http://urbanspree.com/blog/event/tigran-hamasyan-live-in-berlin for info and admission!

MOVIE NIGHT from 18:00 till open end
>> we hope you join the long movie night and afterparty in the club with Sketch Battles and fun!
Open from 20:00 till the morning!
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DAY 3.1 >> Sunday 23. Februar 2014 / 7pm till late
STREET ART MEETING 2014 / The Exhibition
Art Show on 2 Floors / UAC Art Space
Generator, Oranienburger Str. 65, 10117 Berlin-Mitte

After 3 days of action, creativity and collaborations, there will be a final exhibition of the STREET ART MEETING
23. Februar – 25. May 2014 at the Urban Art Clash art space in Mitte.

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No Gallery – No Street Art: the video

1375957_10151837730331865_228338676_n-2Last month, Lyon-based gallery and artist collective Le Bocal was invited in Berlin by local artist group Klub7 to work together and reciprocate after the Berlin artists spent a residency in France in the spring of 2013. This resulted in a series of chalkdrawing and painting collaborations, live performance and installations, indoor and outdoor, 2 of which happened at Urban Spree. First, a live chalk drawing performance on the floor during the concert of Miramode Orchestra (04/10), a big band of modern local talents (and 21 musicians!) and second a collaborative  chalk mural entitled “blue white red” (7 m x2,50 m) that was inaugurated on 09/10.



NO GALLERY – NO STREET ART

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KLUB7 X LE BOCAL 

In Spring 2013, LE BOCAL hosted KLUB7 art collective in Lyon. Strong links were forged between both crews and the idea of carrying the work elaborated together naturally popped up. In order to experiment together and push further the graphic exchanges, both collectives came up with the idea of setting a second meeting, on KLUB7’s ground in Berlin.

For their two forthcoming shows @ URBAN SPREE, they don’t choose a gallery to show that, what is no street art. They invite you to a mix of drawings, illustrations, music, drinks and a family-like come2gether.
One event is an live art performance – integrated into the concert of MIRAMODE ORCHESTRA. The second show is an exhibition focused on the graphic interactions between KLUB7 and LE BOCAL.

1. KLUB7 X LE BOCAL X MIRAMODE ORCHESTRA

Concert: MIRAMODE ORCHESTRA // + large string ensemble + live art performance by KLUB7 x LE BOCAL
The Mira Mode band counts twelve musicians; three brass-, five strings players and an entire rhythm section. Together they introduce an urban mix of genre spanning acoustic sound. Electronic influences are clearly audible, yet jazz, pop, funk and hiphop based grooves provide the breeding ground on which the spaciously arranged Songs of Mira Mode unfold.

4.10.2013, 09:00 pm


FB-event: https://www.facebook.com/events/557782840954179/
Soundcloudhttps://soundcloud.com/miramodeorchestra
Tickets: http://www.koka36.de/miramode%20orchestra_veranstaltung_56147.html

After the concert we recommend another cool event in the same location:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1380170522215214/?fref=ts

2. KLUB7 X LE BOCAL

Vernissage NO GALLERY – NO STREET ART
An exhibition by the german and french artist collectives KLUB7 & LE BOCAL.

Both collectives work on drawings and artistic illustrations, yet using very different medias, and showing different graphic identities. They use drawing as a writing, and text as a graphic element. There is always a narrative content under the surface of their graphics, created by the juxtaposition of their styles. Despite or because of these differences, their work blends very consistently.

09.10.2013, 07:00 pm, free entry

DJ-sets: Efalive of the Jazoburbs & Lupo aka Conrad Ostwald
http://www.mixcloud.com/conradostwald/
https://soundcloud.com/efalive

About LE BOCAL:
LE BOCAL is a gallery and a studio space in Lyon in France, which hosts Lucie Albon, Delphine Perret, Tian and Matthieu Perret, authors and illustrators for publishing and press. Their work is mainly about narrative forms, either as images, illustrated books or comics.
www.lebocal.org

About KLUB7:
KLUB7 is an Berlin-based artist collective developing their own trademark. The style ranging from illustration to typography and from handcrafted to editorial. KLUB7 creates murals and illustrations in a collaborative group performance, always interacting with each other’s skills.
www.klub7.de

About MIRAMODE ORCHESTRA
Mira Mode is an emerging collective of young musicians teaming with the Berlin based saxophonist and music composer Ede Merkel. The Mira Mode band counts twelve musicians; three brass-, five strings players and an entire rhythm section. Together they introduce an urban mix of genre spanning acoustic sound. Electronic influences are clearly audible, yet jazz, pop, funk and hiphop based grooves provide the breeding ground on which the spaciously arranged Songs of Mira Mode unfold. In various concerts, Miramode has featured a variety of vocalists from the Berlin scene.
www.miramode.de

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