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The 10 Best Street Art Books of 2018

Berlin-based specialized bookshop and gallery Urban Spree releases the list of the “10 Best Street Art Books of 2018“, a compilation of this year’s best titles. Although purely subjective, it reflects several trends playing in the book market:

 

– a renewed focus on the works of the pioneers of the 1960-70s through an academic approach;

– an increase in artist monographs which put more emphasis on their studio works;

– we have entered the era of “post-graffiti”

– but vandal graffiti and underground street art resist well the assimilation;

 

The list of the best publications of 2018 comes in no particular order.

 

1° John Divola: Vandalism

One of the most striking books of the year, “Vandalism” singles out itself by the sobriety of its approach.It consists of a black-and-white photographic series shot over 2 years in the mid-70s by the American photographer John Divola. Divola travelled across L.A. in search of vacant and dilapidated properties in which to shoot his project. Armed with a camera, spray paint, string and cardboard, the artist would produce one of his most significant photographic series, painting abstract constellations of graffiti-like marks, ritualistic configurations of string hooked to pins, torn arrangements of cardboard, and photographing it.

Vandalism” is not per se a “street art book” but rather a photobook crossing over both genres. The best example of a crossover book would be Bruce Davidson’s “Subway“, a series of portraits shot on the gritty NYC subway in the 70s where graffiti abounds but is only a sub-context, not the main topic (unlike Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant’s vernacular documentary photographic oeuvre whose main purpose is to specifically document graffiti).

 

Published by MACK Books, UK, in April 2018

Embossed paper-bound hardback

120 pages, 23.5 cm x 23.5 cm

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2° Rafael Schacter: Street to Studio

“These are artists who are thus not slavishly reproducing their exterior practice within an interior realm but who are, rather, taking the essence of graffiti – its visual principles, its spatial structures, its technical methods, its entrenched ethics – and reinterpreting them with the studio domain,”writes Rafael Schacter in his introduction of his book Street to Studio.

We have entered the post-graffiti era. At a time where the graphic codes of street art are permeating most spheres of culture and entertainment, street artists have simultaneously enjoyed the favor of galleries and collectors and therefore have strongly developed their studio practice, when it was not in their ADN since the begining. What comes out is a blended space, where the artist works on both surfaces, the wall and the canvas, oscillating between different scales, the large and the intimate. Is this becoming a new paradigm in the art world?

The book introduces the concept of  ‘Intermural Art’ – art in-between the walls – to reflect that transition and has the merit of putting the emphasis on more conceptual players in the game (Brad Downey, Ian Strange, Boris Tellegen…) rather than usual suspects.

 

Published by Lund Humphries in July 2018

Edited by Rafael Schacter with a foreword by Carlo McCormick

Hardcover, 218 colour illustrations

224 Pages, 27 × 24,9 cm

Buy it here

 

3° David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake At Night

Beginning in the late 1970s, the American artist David Wojnarowicz (1954–1992) created a body of work that spanned photography, painting, music, film, sculpture, writing, and activism. Largely self-taught, he came to prominence in New York in the 1980s, a period marked by creative energy, financial precariousness, and profound cultural changes. Intersecting movements—graffiti, new and no wave music, conceptual photography, performance, and neo-expressionist painting—made New York a laboratory for innovation. Wojnarowicz refused a signature style, adopting a wide variety of techniques with an attitude of radical possibility. Distrustful of inherited structures, he varied his repertoire to better infiltrate the prevailing culture.

Wojnarowicz’s work documents and illuminates a desperate period of American history: that of the AIDS crisis and culture wars of the late 1980s and early 1990s. But his rightful place is also among the raging and haunting iconoclastic voices, from Walt Whitman to William S. Burroughs, who explore American myths, their perpetuation, their repercussions, and their violence. Wojnarowicz, who was thirty-seven when he died from AIDS-related complications, wrote: “To make the private into something public is an action that has terrific ramifications.”

 

Published by Yale University Press in July 2018

Hardcover, 384 pages

160 color + 100 b/w illustrations

Buy it here

 

4° BLU: Minima Muralia

Italian street artist BLU is one of the few street artists refusing to compromise with the art market, unwilling to translate his brillant art onto canvas, staying true to the origins of the movement – an underground, non-monetized, ephemeral, illegal & outdoor art practice for which the context and the meaning are the most important elements.

While Banksy excels in subverting the codes of the art world, BLU refuses them and strikes back, erasing the murals he painted to fight their monetization (Bologna, Berlin).

Minima Muralia” presents each mural painted by the artist during the last 15 years, more than 200 walls.

 

 

Published by Zooo Press in March 2018

288 full color pages

17×24 cm, lay flat swiss binding

Buy it here

 

5° One Week With 1UP

Which brings us to the last frontier within the realm of the urban arts: graffiti. “One Week with 1UP” is the second published book by and about the legendary Berlin-based vandal graffiti crew 1UP.  This time, the Kreuzberg crew embarks NYC-based legendary documentary photographer Martha Cooper and Berlin-based photographer Ninja K. in a series of underground actions, through tunnels, rooftops, featuring high pressure fire extinguisher tags, roll-downs, roll-ups, street bombings, whole cars and backjumps in a first-hand account.

1UP is the ultimate modern graffiti crew in the 21st century: large, everywhere, powerful, fearless, defiant, invisible.

 

Self-Published, Berlin, 2018

A project by Martha Cooper, Ninja K. and 1UP

English/German, 144 pages, 31 x 22 cm

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6° Klone: “Few Moments Ago I Was Here”

Klone is an Ukrianian-born, Tel-Aviv based street artist, a pioneer of graffiti in Israel and a visual artist who was the first to exhibit at Urban Spree and one of the reasons why we did the space in the first place. I stumbled upon his fist published book – “Don’t Sleep”– in 2011 and was so moved by its personal content, poetry, freedom, that I wanted to meet the man and work with him.

8 years later comes Few Moments Ago I Was Here“,  looking over those past 8 years of exhibitions, mural projects, installation, and animations.

“Few Moments Ago I Was Here” is an artist book. By this, we mean a book which is mainly thought, designed, created and published by the artist himself. We always try to get as many self-published and artist books in the bookshop because they are precious and unconventional. Of course they are difficult to source, as we can get our hands only on a small stock, they sell out fast and we need to replace them but we can’t get enough of them.

 

Self-Published, Tel Aviv, November 2018 (Hell No Publication)

Limited edition of 500 copies.

Softcover. Full colour offset print on Munken lynx paper.

Buy it here

 

7° Ian Strange: Islands 2015-2017

Continuing on the self-publication mood and echoing John Divola, the Australian artist Ian Strange  publishes “Islands 2015-2017”, a photographic monograph documenting his interventions on American suburban homes, in the wake of Gordon Matta-Clark or David Wojnarowicz.

Through photography, sculpture, research, found artefacts and drawings, “Island” reflects on the home through the metaphor of the desert island, a place of personal sovereignty but simultaneously entrapment. “Island” interplays the monumental with the intimate and intangible. Exploring the icon of the home as a deeply vulnerable object and personal vessel for memory, identity and aspiration.

 

Self-published

Limited edition of 400 hand numbered and signed books with a concertina print

25 x 34 cm

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8° Jan Kalab: Point of Space

“Point of Space” is the first published monograph of the Czech graffiti and visual artist Jan Kaláb, covering 25 years of his urban and studio creations, through multiple art forms (paintings, 3D graffiti, bombings, sculptures, installations).

Jan Kaláb started as a pure graffiti writer and achieved fame under the monikers “CAKES” and “POINT”. From there, his practice evolved to murals and studio works, sculptures and canvases and this evolution, patiently documented, is fascinating to follow.

The book was edited by the artist himself with texts by the czech art critic Petr Volf.

 

 

Published by Trafacka/Trafo Gallery Prague, in November 2018

320 pages

Hard Cover, 25 cm x 32,5 cm

Texts by Petr Volf and book design by Jan Novák

Buy it here

 

9° Swet: Book of the Year

 

One of the last published books of 2018, “Book of the Year” is a comprehensive monograph encompassing 1 year of walls by the danish graffiti writer SWET.

A graffiti “tour de force”, all the walls depicted in the book were painted in 2017 and amount to over 300 wall pieces, almost one per day, all of them documented in the book, including some sketches.

The book is bound with a piece of a canvas specially painted by SWET for this project and each book has a different binding, which also highlights the precise work of the dutch artisan publishing house Chemistry Publishing.

 

 

Published in November 2018 by Chemistry Publishing

First Edition of 500

240 pages printed on Munken Crystal Rough

Cover embossed with green linen, 24 x 28,5 cm

Buy it here

 

10° Russian Urban Art: History and Conflict

Street art books are usually more about photographs and visual documentation than text. Few history books actually exist on the graffiti and street art movements, let alone about a peripheral movement such as street art in Russia.

It is therefore the merit of the Russian artist and curator Igor Ponosov to examine the power of street art in Russia by exploring its historical background, extending from the avant-garde movements of the early 20th century, to the non-conformists and the actionists of the 21st century.

 

 

Self-Published, Moscow, June 2018

Edition of 500

Hardcover, 20 x 15 cm, 96 pages, English

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Knotenpunkt 17 x Urban Spree

Das KNOTENPUNKT Festival 2017 startet zusammen mit und bei Urban Spree in Berlin-Friedrichshain.

Artists:
Marcel Walldorf, Alexander Trattler, Pascal Kerouche, Johan Schäfer, Björn Holzweg, Elmar Lause Art, Doppeldenk, Alex Heide, Philipp Herfeldt, Nina Maria Küchler, Tizian Baldinger, Jan Kaláb, Michal Škapa

Das KNOTENPUNKT Festival, das die vergangenen vier Jahre mehr als 10.000 Besucher in Hamburg zusammenbrachte, wird 2017 erstmals zu einer städte- und länderübergreifenden Veranstaltungsreihe: An den Knotenpunkten Berlin, Wien, Köln und Leipzig wird ein wechselseitiger Austausch zwischen den verschiedenen Akteuren des aktuellen Kunstgeschehens entstehen. Vielfalt, Kunst und Dialog stehen im Fokus der Zusammentreffen.
Neben der Präsentation von zeitgenössischer Kunst, werden temporäre Installationen, Performances oder vor Ort gemalte Fassaden das Programm abrunden. In jeder Metropole wird darüber hinaus mit örtlichen Galerien und Kunstinstitutionen zusammengearbeitet. Mit den Kooperationspartnern der jeweiligen Städte URBAN SPREE (Berlin), RABBIT EYE MOVEMENT (Wien), CityLeaks Urban Art Festival (Köln) und krudebude (Leipzig) soll es zu langfristigen Vernetzungen kommen, die über die eigene Stadt hinausgehen. Kunst und Kultur wird im Sinne des Festivals als ein dynamisches Gewebe verstanden, das geografische und disziplinäre Grenzen überwindet und allein in Verbundenheit gelingt.

Zum Ende der Festivalserie, laufen die gewobenen Fäden in der Hamburger Affenfaust Galerie zu einem bunten Knoten zusammen.

http://www.knotenpunkt.net/

Das Kunst- und Kulturhaus URBAN SPREE widmet sich auf 1.700qm urbanen Kulturen mit einem vielseitigen Programm. Hier finden neben Künstlerresidenzen, Konzerten und Workshops jeden Monat wechselnde Ausstellungen statt. Gemeinsam gestaltete Projekte und ein lebendiger Austausch zwischen KünstlerInnen bieten viel Raum zum Experimentieren.

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Opening of the “No More Crew” Show on May 18th

Urban Spree Galerie proudly presents the new body of works of 3 of the most influential contemporary urban artists, Jan Kaláb, Pasta Oner and Michal Škapa, hailing from Prague, Czech Republic.

“No More Crew” is not a crew, but 3 artist friends, whose friendship has been rooted in graffiti at an early age in the streets of Prague after the fall of the Iron Curtain and later worldwide. Cakes/Point (Jan Kaláb), Tron (Michal Škapa) and Pasta Oner are graffiti heroes and teenage friends but their artist trajectories have been maturing and, while the friendship remains strong, their styles and achievements have been separate, although in a complementary way.

Today, we are proud to present in Berlin their latest bodies of works in a 3-figurehead solo show.

With the soul of an architect, Jan Kaláb easily conquers the third dimension not only in his murals, but also in his canvases. He has grown to embrace the painter within, and although his forte is the creation of objects he has been chiseling away at geometric abstraction, discovering spaces interior and without, regardless of the clichéd expression “that’s been done.”


The same could be said of PASTA ONER. It is possible to cite the clearly visible sources of inspiration, identify the specific paraphrases. Yet one must also take into account the force and accuracy with which he mirrors the conservative Central European mindset. How spot-on is his commentary on the bad habits of consumerism, or the directness with which he tackles the large format through his short post-pop messages.

Michal Škapa, by contrast, works with the moment of replication, the multiplication of a graphic element, with a hand patently the descendant of an expert graffiti artist. His style is ornamental, rhythmic, abstract and concrete at the same time. He is the draughtsman of his canvases, the transmitter of symbols, creator of expansive mural-format comics with unsettling subject matter.

The exhibition No More Crew at Urban Spree Galerie presents a trio of disparate and yet splendidly and mutually complementary artists. Their work defies being simply the result of the overused epithet “drawing on street art”, and at the same time any confrontation with their work requires such a label. Space, place, city, symbol, sign. Something for everybody.

No More Crew

A solo group show by Jan Kaláb, Pasta Oner and Michal Škapa

Opening Reception on Thursday, May 18th at 18:30

Exhibition: May 19th to June 11th,

Tu-Su: 12:00-19:00

press enquiries: diana@urbanspree.com

gallery enquiries: galerie@urbanspree.com

instagram: @jankalab / @pastaoner / @traun834

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Urban Spree Galerie at the Berliner Liste 2016

Urban Spree Galerie participates to the Berliner Liste 2016 in the newly curated Urban Arts section with a selection of artists from the gallery’s roster and a solo show by Hendrik Czakainski, curated by Urban Spree.

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Artist selection:

Andrea Wan
Charlie Anderson​
Hendrik Czakainski
Jan Kaláb​
Jim Avignon
Johannes Mundinger​
Kid Cash
Klone
Mafia Tabak
Michal Škapa
Rylsee​
Twoone
Various & Gould

Meet us at the Fair every day from 15.09 to 18.09 and at our Galerie in Berlin Friedrichshain during our annual group show (walking distance from the location of the Fair).

 

BERLINER LISTE 2016

Opening Thursday 14.09 at 18:00
Fair: 15.09 to 18.09 – 13:00 to 19:00

www.berliner-liste.org

www.urbanspree.com

For Gallery enquiries: galerie@urbanspree.com

For Press enquiries: diana@urbanspree.com



Urban Spree Summer Group Show

Urban Spree Galerie proudly invites you to the Opening of our Summer Group Show on September 8th, 2016.

SEPTEMBER IN URBAN SPREE

The Summer Group Show takes place right after the Brussels exhibition curated by Urban Spree at LaVallée and features 12 artists from the Urban Spree family:

Andrea Wan
Charlie Anderson
Hendrik Czakainski
Jan Kaláb
Jim Avignon
Johannes Mundinger
Kid Cash
KLONE
Mafia Tabak
Michal Škapa
Mik Shida
Rylsee
Various & Gould

 

08.09 – 25.09.2016
Tu-Su 12:00 – 19:00

Urban Spree Galerie
Revaler Str. 99
10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain
+49 30 / 74078597
www.urbanspree.com

Gallery requests
galerie@urbanspree.com

Press requests
diana@urbanspree.com

 

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Urban Spree at Berliner Liste 2016

In September, Urban Spree Galerie participates to the Berliner Liste 2016 in the newly curated Urban Arts section with a selection of artists from the gallery’s roster and a solo show by Hendrik Czakainski, curated by Urban Spree.

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Meet us at the Fair every day from 15.09 to 18.09 and at our Galerie in Berlin Friedrichshain during our annual group show (walking distance from the location of the Fair).

Artist selection:

Andrea Wan
Charlie Anderson​
Hendrik Czakainski
Jan Kaláb​
Jim Avignon
Johannes Mundinger​
Kid Cash
Klone
Mafia Tabak
Michal Škapa
Rylsee​
Twoone
Various & Gould

 

BERLINER LISTE 2016

Opening Thursday 14.09 at 18:00
Fair: 15.09 to 18.09 – 13:00 to 19:00

www.berliner-liste.org

www.urbanspree.com

For Gallery enquiries: galerie@urbanspree.com

For Press enquiries: diana@urbanspree.com