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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

Buy it here

 

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

Buy it here

 

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

Buy it here

 

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

Buy it here

 



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



Rave Against The Machine // 10 Years Pokora

Pokora is a humble crew of friends who decided to bring un-humble sounds to the free party scene. They like to play it loud and fast, kicking from 180bpm and going way beyond… “Play fast or die!!!”.
For 10 years they have been involved in squat parties, teknivals – and sometimes also making it into clubs – all over Europe.
This year it’s their 10th birthday, so they decided to hit the road once again and join with their friends Kaometry in Berlin.

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►Stazma // Acid Breakcore // Murder Channel – Peace Off [FR]
►Audiotist // Hard Rave Core // Breakcore gives me wood – Bankizz [BE]
►Hitori Tori // Idm Breakcore // Peaceoff [CAN]
►Ghost // Idm Breakcore // Life4Land – Mozyk [UK]
►Deidream // Gameboy Break [BE]
►Repeat Eater // Weirdo Acid [FR]
►F000L // Idm Breakcore // Hormonal VibrationZ [DE]
►TaOuch // Folkcore // Kaometry [DE]
►Killabomb // Breakcore – Hardcore // Pokora – Jigsore [UK]
►Substance B // Unformatted Breaks // Pokora [UK]
►Atman // Pokora Sound System [UK]
►2CI // Broken beats // Pokora Sound System [UK]

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// Stazma the Junglechrist //
Acid / Breakcore
https://soundcloud.com/stazma-the-junglechrist
https://www.facebook.com/StazmaTheJunglechrist

If Breakcore is dead, then Stazma the Junglechrist is the resurrection!
Hailing from the same French stock as Monster X, Rotator and the infamous Peace Off imprint, Julien Guillot has been smashing up raves all across Europe since his first release on Peace Off in 2008 and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Having taken the early breakcore ethos of genre mashing and amen splicing, Julien delivers his sound of rave, gabber, jungle and dub with a modern, tight production that seems synonymous with the French these days.
As well as making a name for himself with releases on Meganeural, Structural Damage and Peace Off, it is Stazma’s live show which displays his work best. A frenetic, yet finely tuned assault on the senses.
« It’s really very energetic, efficient and has all the elements to both kick out your sissy friends out of the club and make the rest party till late after dawn. Stormy, ravy breakcore. »
Nicolas Ad Noiseam

// Audiotist //
Break / Rave / Hard / Whatever / Core
https://soundcloud.com/audiotist
https://www.facebook.com/Audiotist-149554978425092

Audiotist is a Belgian Breakcore/Hardcore/Rave producer who has been active since 2009. After many years of creating tracks infused with Balkan music, Rave/Piano/Chiptune melodies, energetic breaks and skull-cracking Hardcore kicks, he has formed his own identifiable sound which delivers an assault on your eardrums you will thoroughly enjoy.
Working with Breakcore Gives Me Wood, Ragga Terror Front, Dance Corps, Jigsore Sound, .. and showcasing his music in countries such as France, Poland, Germany, England and many others, Audiotist’s tracks resonate throughout the continent of Europe and continue to lure Hard/Break/whatever core fans to the darkest of rooms for nights of music fuelled chaos.

// Hitori Tori //
Idm / Breakcore / Frantic beats
https://soundcloud.com/hitori-tori
https://www.facebook.com/Hitori-Tori-114752495265721

Hailing from Vancouver, Canada Hitori Tori has seen a hand full of EPs and releases on net labels such as Peace Off records, Meganeural and Kaometry. His unique live performances have received positive acclaim in publications such as Computer Music Magazine and Create Digital Music. Over the past several years Hitori Tori has toured Japan, Europe and played improvised sets at the Manitoba Electronic Music Festival.

« Canadian tracker veteran Hitori Tori seems to be doing for Renoise what only Derren Brown can do for a deck of cards »
Computer Music, November 2010.

// Ghost //
Idm / Jungle / Breakcore
https://soundcloud.com/ghost-life4land
https://www.facebook.com/Ghost-life4land-142440660639

Ghost is a musician/producer based in Cambridge, England who has spent most of his life writing music. Ghost’s organic beats are truly one of kind. As a crucial member of the LIFE4LAND collective and the local rave scene, he remains a highly respected producer by his peers who have come to recognize him as one of the leading forces of LIFE4LAND.

// Deidream //
Gameboy / Idm / Break
https://soundcloud.com/deidream
https://www.facebook.com/DeidreamBe

Chilled out experimental break stuff with loads of instrumental melodies. Under BGMW he released his first Gameboy EP, In berlin he’ll play his unreleased IDM, check out his soundcloud.

// Repeat Eater //
Weirdo Acid
https://soundcloud.com/repeat-eater
https://www.facebook.com/RepeatEater

// F000L //
Idm / Jungle / Breakcore
https://soundcloud.com/f000l
https://www.facebook.com/officialF000L

// Killabomb //
Hardcore / Breakcore
https://soundcloud.com/killabomb
https://www.facebook.com/Killabomb

// Substance B //
unformatted Breaks
https://soundcloud.com/substance-b
https://www.facebook.com/Substance-B-229798085809

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from 11pm until late

gfx by DAT

https://www.facebook.com/Pokora-Sound-System-117584658294497

http://kaometry.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Kaometry.rec
https://soundcloud.com/kaometry



WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY: A BERLIN GROUP SHOW

From 28.04 to 01.05, the Berlin-based art association THE ART UNION presents WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY, a group show featuring artworks by 58 Berlin based artists at the Urban Spree Galerie.

The title of the exhibition is a humorous reference to the official Gallery Weekend Berlin, which takes place at the same time. Urban contemporary art is one of Berlin’s defining characteristics, but will hardly be on display at the official Gallery Weekend whose official map doesn’t even cover the area where Urban Spree is located, albeit quite central. THE ART UNION aims to bridge this gap by presenting diverse artistic perspectives following the idea of ONE CITY – ONE WEEKEND – ONE GALLERY – 58 ARTISTS.

The exhibition WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY is thematically created along the lines of different subgenres and styles of this young genre of art in a non-representative way. The work of all the artists presented in this group show can be found in public spaces, as well as in galleries. Other binding elements are their global citizenship and their generational experience. While all the artists shown at WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY. are Berlin-based, not all of them are German. Some artists originate from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, Japan and Canada, while others come from the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary, the USA and the UK. Apart from a few exceptions, all were born after 1980. The exhibition aims to display the richness of urban contemporary art in Berlin. Female artists will not be marginalized, but are in fact a vital part of the group show WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY.

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44Flavours – ABOVE – Addison Karl – Alaniz – Andrea Wan – Anna Taut – BASE23 – Bene Rohlmann – Bert Van Wijk – Billy – Björn Heyn – BLO – Bruce – Christoph Rode – Dave the Chimp – Duncan Passmore – DXTR – Ed Bats – EMESS – Falk Land – Felix Gephart – Gogoplata – Herr von Bias – James Bullough – James Reka – JAW – Jim Avignon – Johannes Mundinger – Joseph Loughborough – Julia Benz – Kenan Kera – Klub7 – Lake – Look – Low Bros – Mario Mankey – Matthias Gephart – Mina – MKMX – MYMO – Niels de Jong – Nils Leimkühler – Pablo Benzo – PlusMinus3 – Polina Soloveichik – Quintessenz  – Rein Vyncke – Rylsee – Sandra Rummler – Stand der Dinge – Sokar Uno – TWOONE – Untune – Various & Gould – Vidam – Wesr – XOOOOX – ZEBU

 

About THE ART UNION

The non-profit association THE ART UNION is run by key players in the fields of art and culture with expertise in the communication of art, art funding and visual communication. Daily working practice has exemplified a gap between artists, their audience and the art market, which is difficult to overcome. THE ART UNION intends to build a bridge between these aspects and create formats to professionalize artists and initiate discourses within the scenes. The organization of exhibitions and participation in festivals are as much a vital part of the concept as are artist residencies, funding and exchange programmes.

THE ART UNION was founded in 2015 and will receive an entry in the National Register of Associations in the first half of 2016.

www.the-art-union.de

 

WHAT THE WEEKEND IS GALLERY

Urban Spree Galerie

Vernissage: Thursday, April 28th, 19:00

Exhibition:

Friday, 29th of April: 12 -19 h

Sunday, 1st of May: 12 – 18 h

Free entry

 



Urban Spree Galerie at the Paris Urban Art Fair

From April 22nd to April 24th 2016, Urban Spree Galerie will participate to the first Urban Art Fair in Paris alongside a roster of 30 international urban arts galleries.

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The artists of the gallery have a strong street practice, and are (with a few exceptions) living and working in Berlin, a city celebrated for its artistic cosmopolitism and strong urban arts DNA.

The artists presented by the gallery for the Urban Art Fair represent a new generation of street artists, whose imaginary is often rooted in comics, video games and remix culture (Mafia_Tabak), who deconstruct graffiti towards abstraction (Kid CashMik ShidaMichal Škapa), who create whole imaginary cityscapes (Hendrik Czakainski), paint delicate huge murals (Twoone) or build tiny elements (Joshua Smith) but also well-known pioneers such as ABOVE.

In addition to his masterpiece « 120.630 » – exhibited for the first time in Paris – Hendrik Czakainski will also exhibit a sculpture in the public area of Le Carreau du Temple.

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We cordially invite you to visit the Urban Spree booth at the Urban Art Fair.

From the 22nd to the 24th of April 2016 / 11am – 8pm

CARREAU DU TEMPLE / 4, Rue Eugène Spuller, 75003 Paris

Subway M3 Temple / M3, M5, M8, M9, M11 République

Tickets: http://bit.ly/22IS4AO