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in-depth research and interviews with major pioneer writers such as Taki183 and Cornbread with a lot of previously unpublished photographic archive.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

 

 

 

 



5th Pictoplasma Academy Group Show

For the 5th consecutive year, Urban Spree welcomes the alumni of the Pictoplasma Academy for a 1-week group show from May 2nd to May 6th, 2018, on the occasion of the 14th Pictoplasma Festival.

The vernissage will be held on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018, between 16:00 and 19:00.

The Academy All Stars Group Show is the highlight show of the 14. Pictoplasma Festival, with works and installations by the alumni of the Pictoplasma Academy 2017.

Challenged by renowned illustrators, artists, animation filmmakers, and sculptors, participants explored and developed their personal, character-driven projects. The Academy All Stars group show presents their diverse talents and features sculptures, paintings, drawings, interactive installations, and a multitude of new character worlds.

 

PICTOPLASMA ACADEMY ALL STARS

May 02-06, 2018

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Wednesday-Sunday: 12:00-20:00

Saturday: 12:00-22:00. Nocturne for the Club Character Party

Vernissage on Wednesday, May 2nd, 16:00-19:00



5th Pictoplasma Academy Group Show

For the 5th consecutive year, Urban Spree welcomes the alumni of the Pictoplasma Academy for a 1-week group show from May 2nd to May 6th, 2018, on the occasion of the 14th Pictoplasma Festival.

The vernissage will be held on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018, between 16:00 and 19:00.

 

The Academy All Stars Group Show is the highlight show of the 14. Pictoplasma Festival, with works and installations by the alumni of the Pictoplasma Academy 2017.

Challenged by renowned illustrators, artists, animation filmmakers, and sculptors, participants explored and developed their personal, character-driven projects. The Academy All Stars group show presents their diverse talents and features sculptures, paintings, drawings, interactive installations, and a multitude of new character worlds.

This is 1 of 17 exhibitions of Pictoplasma’s Character Walk 2018 (but it’s important): Expose yourself to the best in contemporary Character Art and Design!
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2018 Pictoplasma Character Walk exhibitions and group shows:

01 | Verwalterhaus, Prenzlauer Allee 1:
Ged Sia & Jogo (LT) – Deadly Seduction
Victor Castillo (CHI) – Jungle Boogie
Moki (DE) – Swamp Land
>>> www.facebook.com/events/169197433738177/

02 | Bold Room Berlin, Torstraße 68:
Moomin (FIN) – Moomins on the Riviera
>>> www.facebook.com/events/2038514429756741/

03 | Instituto Cervantes, Rosenstraße 18/19:
Alberto Vázquez (ES) – Antifable
Tartaruga Feliz (BRA) – Over the Cloud
>>> www.facebook.com/events/2074436076134345/

04 | Collegium Hungaricum, Dorotheenstraße 12:
Réka Bucsi (HU) – Retrospective
>>> www.facebook.com/events/177877099529570/

05 | Neurotitan, Rosenthaler Straße 39, 2nd backyard:
James Curran (UK) – Gifathon Live
Kévin Gemin (FR) – Expressions
Jim Stoten (UK) – My Important Drawings
Cachetejack (ES) – Think Twice Before…
>>> www.facebook.com/events/396769167401606/

06 | Freedom, Gormannstraße 12 (basement):
Matt Jones aka Lunartik (UK) – Lunartik Open Studio
>>> www.facebook.com/events/789071161295738/

07 | Whiteconcepts, Auguststraße 35:
Various Artists – Face-Off
(project1324.com/challenge/faceoff)
>>> www.facebook.com/events/2069629653323094/

08 | Kunsthaus Kule, Auguststraße 10:
Benjamin Vedrenne/GLKT (FR) – Playful Randomness
>>>www.facebook.com/events/546720009055433/

09 | Fata Morgana, Torstraße 170:
Various Artists +++ Pictoplasma Garage Sale +++
(pictoplasma.com/archives/exhibition/)
>>> www.facebook.com/events/166702660814214/

10 | 2 Agenten, Schröderstraße 3:
Charlotte Mei (UK) – Make Up
>>> www.facebook.com/events/182681229028090/

11 | Gallery pavlov’s dog, Bergstraße 19:
Otros Yo Collective – Espectro
>>> www.facebook.com/events/2048093805441533/

12 | MFI—Ministerium für Illustration, Chausseestraße 110:
Edel Rodriguez (USA) – Freedumb.
>>> www.facebook.com/events/2034776133511070/

13 | Rainbow Unicorn, Anklamer Straße 50:
Alex Norris (UK) – Oh No: A Webcomic Name Collection
>>> www.facebook.com/events/1787614171259183/

14 | Volume, Brunnenstraße 2:
Smithe (MX) – Automat
>>> www.facebook.com/events/215863535814809/

15 | imago fotokunst, Veteranenstraße 20:
Tiny Hands Collective – Tiny Creatures
>>> www.facebook.com/events/2043280082577181/

16 | KLUB7 cube, Veteranenstraße 14a
(on the corner of Fehrbelliner Straße)
KLUB7 (DE) – All That Jazz
>>> www.facebook.com/events/229983207556694/

17 | Urban Spree, Revaler Straße 99:
The Pictoplasma Academy 2017 Alumni – Academy All Stars
www.facebook.com/events/217563632345523/

More information on all exhibitions and a map with all locations >
conference.pictoplasma.com/exhibitions2018/
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Main Pictoplasma locations:

BABYLON
Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
(Animation Screenings, Conference Lectures)

ACUD
Veteranenstraße 21, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
(Character Lab Workshop, Immersive Media Lab, Festival Performance Night)

URBAN SPREE
Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain
(Academy Group Show + Post Pictoplasma Party)

More information on the conference and animation screenings >
berlin.pictoplasma.com

 

PICTOPLASMA ACADEMY ALL STARS

May 02-06, 2018

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Wednesday-Sunday: 12:00-20:00

Saturday: 12:00-22:00. Nocturne for the Club Character Party

Vernissage on Wednesday, May 2nd, 16:00-19:00



10th Pictoplasma Berlin Festival and Conference 30/04-04/05

creamsters_1024x1024For the past 10 years, Pictoplasma has tirelessly hosted and pushed forward a unique, playful and interdisciplinary investigation of the graphic arts in the digital age. To celebrate the 10th anniversary edition, the Festival awaits with the Pictoplasma Portrait Gallery at Kaufhaus Jandorf, an exhibition showcasing new works by the 100 artists who have most influenced the festival over the past decade. The Character Walk invites you to a tour of 15+ exhibitions by emerging and established artists, most of them premiering in Germany.

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More specifically and for the first time in Friedrichshain, Urban Spree will bepart of the Character Walk and host the premiere of the Pictoplasma Academy group showintroducing fresh, upcoming and surprising work by the 40 international talents that have participated in Pictoplasma’s first annual master-class under the guidance of Rilla Alexander, Nathan Jurevicius, Gary Baseman, Philip Hunt, Benjamin van Oost and Mark Gmehling.

In addition, Austrian street artist Nychos will paint the Urban Spree Artist Wall with one of his dissected, cartoon-inspired character-based murals.

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And last but not the least, on Saturday night all culminates in the inevitable Big Birthday Bash Party at Urban Spree with live concerts by Gangpol & Mit’s brand new DJ/VJ project “Radio Minus Senior Sound Systemand Big Butter (Tim Biskup‘s own band).

Opening April 30th, 2014 18:00 – until Sunday, May 4th, 19:00 at Urban Spree

All information about the Festival & Conference on the Pictoplasma website here.

Registration for Conference Attendees and Maps will be at Urban Spree

 

 



2019 Edition of the Berlin Seafood Festival on 25th and 26th May

The 2019 Edition of the Berlin Seafood Festival returns to Urban Spree on May 25th and 26th, 2018.

Curated by Urban Spree, the Berlin Seafood Festival is a culinary meeting of raw & fresh seafood produce coupled with Berlin’s finest street seafood vendors.

Create your own plate of street seafood, savor a grilled fish on demand, discover oysters from the French West shores, special mussels dishes, chilean ceviches, a Mediterranean twist, and other natural delicacies paired with our selection of natural wines and german craft beer.

The Berlin Seafood Festival invites a selection of top-notched Berlin street cuisine vendors who will create a culinary travel experience.

Save the date!

FB Event

 

Urban Spree Biergarten

RAW Gelände, Friedrichshain

Saturday 25.05 + Sunday 26.05

12:00-22:00

Free Entry

 



Christopher Stead: Acid Reign

Urban Spree Galerie presents “Acid Reign“, the first solo show in Germany of the British visual artist Christopher Stead.

Acid Reign is the culmination of a long-term residency at Lab Kalkhost in North Germany. Christopher Stead produced on the shores of the Baltic Sea several large format works, using a process mixing graffiti techniques and natural elements.

Cans of paint are burst with nails, sand and mud is flung. An alchemy between the paint and the land turns into a painterly concrete, cementing ideas, solidifying a tangible truth. The paintings are stuffed into rucksacks and returned to the studio where Ikea bags full of previous endeavours lie dormant ready to rework. A fecund process is born.

The fences used in the supports of the pieces are taken from decaying plots on the train lines.

Rusty fences, transgressed and twisted by nature are transported to the studio. The erosion of the metal emasculates the sterile man-made purity of the material. This gives each painting a story and a history. Every fence painting starts at night on the train tracks with a pair of bolt cutters and finds its way into the light of the studio and finally into the gaze of the public domain.

Artist Statement:

“Once upon a time, on a small island called Great Britain, there lived a lady called Margaret Thatcher. Margaret along with her Tory Party ruled the land with an iron fist and squeezed the living life out of its people. Fed up of a decade of draconian rule, the people began to gather and dance their woes away at their own party. They called this the Acid House party.

Race and class barriers were dissolved as the people united and raved as one big family. The Tory party didn’t like this as they weren’t invited, so they invented a law to stop the gathering of 20 or more people, dancing to the sounds of repetitive beats. Techno, Jungle, call it what you want. It had to stop. Whilst this may sound like a children’s horror story, it was in fact or certainly a young adults nightmare. 30 years on, the nightmare continues. Britain is again been torn apart by the right.

The paintings in Acid Reign were made on the beaches of former East Germany. 30 years ago these beaches were patrolled by the military to stop East Germans defecting to the west. Cans of paint were popped and squeezed upon the sand soaked canvas to create the acid rain.

The works seeks new places to hang. Inspired by Foucault’s concept of heterotopia, it finds solace in spaces of otherness. Informed by a youth growing up free, painting graffiti on the trains. Painting in the dark. Surrounded by fences, along the train tracks, in and on derelict buildings. Buildings which housed these parties. Places of abandon and neglect. Again, the work finds itself back in its familiar territory.

Acid Reign is emblematic of the freedom of movement in open spaces without borders. A freedom which is slowly being choked out of the people once again.”  Christopher Stead

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Christopher Stead (b. 1974, UK) lives and works in London.

Tangled, torn, popped, squeezed and then hung in spaces of other, the work exists to evade the paradigms of commercial obedience, white cube boredom, and the polarities regimented by cultural hegemony.

Informed by Thatchers dystopian Britain and her Acid House love child, the work explores free movement in spaces without borders. 

In 2016 Stead graduated with a First Class BA Hons in Fine Art at the City and Guilds of London Art School, London, where he received the Painter – Stainers Scholarship Prize and Brian Till Art History Thesis Award. 

https://www.christopherstead.co.uk/


 

Christopher Stead

“Acid Reign”

Solo Show at Urban Spree Galerie

Vernissage: Thursday, May 23rd, from 19:00

Exhibition: 24.05.2019-09.06.2019

Opening Hours: Tu-Su 12:00-19:00

 

Urban Spree Galerie

Revaler Str. 99

10245 Berlin

Infos & Catalogue: pascal@urbanspree.com