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in-depth research and interviews with major pioneer writers such as Taki183 and Cornbread with a lot of previously unpublished photographic archive.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

 

 

 

 



Urban Spree Galerie will join Urban Art Fair in Paris

Urban Spree Galerie is proud to be part of a roster of 30 international urban arts galleries selected to participate to the first Urban Art Fair in Paris.

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The Fair will take place in Paris’ Le Marais district from 22 to 24 of April 2016 in the beautiful building Le Carreau du Temple.

Urban Spree will present a selection of Berlin-based contemporary urban artists.

 



All Day Book Launch Party

11694955_10152982484428857_7575464270330926603_nTwo of Berlin’s most popular independent websites, Abandoned Berlin and Slow Travel Berlin, are joining forces on Sunday July 19th to celebrate their respective new books.“Stories From The City: A Berlin Anthology” is Slow Travel Berlin’s third publication. The large-format, full-colour volume collects almost thirty of the best articles that have appeared in Slow Travel Berlin since its inception in 2010 – all re-edited and re-designed – along with several newly commissioned pieces and exclusive photo-essays.With articles covering a wide-range of Berlin’s social and cultural life – from 18th Century salonnières to 20th century post-punks, neglected urban districts to contemporary street photography – Stories from the City captures the allure and fascination of a city that offers endless rewards to those willing to explore it.

http://www.slowtravelberlin.com/shop/stories-from-the-city/

“Verlassene Orte/Abandoned Berlin“, published by serial trespasser and Abandoned Berlin author Ciarán Fahey, is also a compilation of stories, taken from some of his own favourite abandoned spaces in and around the city.

http://www.abandonedberlin.com/2015/02/the-book-verlassene-orte-abandoned.html

The collaborative launch party will take place in the Galerie and Biergarten starting at around 2pm and ending when the last person has fallen over, the day will feature feel-good summery sounds (reggae, soul, hip hop, funk, disco) all day long from DJs Döner Summer, Zed Lepellin and guests.

The Urban Spree Summer Sessions will feature the soulful Ray Mann Three in a 3-hour outdoor gig from 16:00 to 19:00.
Add a specially designed pub quiz (with prizes!), street food, a full bar, live painting, photo exhibitions, specially discounted and signed books – and a guaranteed lack of boring speeches!* – and you have what will almost certainly be the best summer party since, well, the last great summer party you attended.


Lief Hall EP/Video Release Party + Trevor Larson Tape Release // No Fear of Pop DJ Set

Lief Hall >> Transform EP + Music Video Release
Trevor Larson >> Solo Guitar YYAA Tape Release
+ No Fear of Pop >> DJ// Dance Party

Performance// Visual Installation //Dance Party

VISUAL STILL EDIT 1Lief Hall will be releasing he new solo debut EP Transform, debuting new musical works since her recent re-location to Berlin from Vancouver BC. Her new works combine dark electronic production with layered vocal harmonies and experimentations, exploring notions of love, identity and fear in the post human age. Hall’s performance will include live visuals and visuals installation.

Trevor Lee Larson will be celebrating the release of his new recording ‘Solo Guitar’ released on YYAA. Larson’s music is stylistically diverse, moving from through genre and instrumentation to create a dreamlike journey through richly textured sonic landscapes.

No Fear of Pop is a DJ, music blog and radio show which explores music of ‘whatever genre and of whatever origin that seeks to transcend the habitual preconceptions about the « modern » in contemporary popular culture.’

Lief Hall
https://soundcloud.com/lief-hall

Trevor Lee Larson
https://soundcloud.com/yyaarecordings/our-building-on-fire

No Fear of Pop
http://nofearofpop.net/
http://berlincommunityradio.com/no-fear-pop

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Polish Urban Art: Nächste Station – Berlin Warschauer Str.

1-1024x681In November 2014, over a period of 4 days, Urban Spree Galerie welcomes and hosts in Berlin the « Polish Urban Art » travelling exhibition which is curated by Brain Damage Gallery in Lublin, Poland.

The exhibition aims to present a panorama of contemporary street art from Poland in an ambitious group show featuring excellent artists such as Autone, Chazme, Czarnobyl, EloMelo, Etam Cru, Kamil Kuzko, Mat, M-City, Nawer, Pener, Proembrion, Pepe, Robert Proch, Paweł Ryżko, Sepe, Szczerbak, Uran, Zbiokand others.

Lunatics-II-130x130cm-acrylic-on-canvas-2014-1019x1024Launched in Kiev in October 2014, the exhibition travels to 7 eastern and western European cities (Kiev, Lviv, Minsk, Berlin, Stockholm, Paris, and Warsaw) before concluding in December in Lublin – the home base of the gallery, with a selection of artworks & murals.

In addition, the gallery will present photographs documenting the evolution of street art in Poland, starting from pieces captured by Edward Hartwig in the 1950s, to recent large scale murals.

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Polish Urban Art: Exhibition

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Urban Spree Galerie is proud to invite you to the « Polish Urban Art » travelling exhibition curated by the Brain Damage Gallery in Lublin, Poland.

The exhibition aims to present Urban Art from Poland in an ambitious group show featuring excellent artists such as Autone, Chazme, Czarnobyl, EloMelo, Etam Cru, Kamil Kuzko, Mat, M-City, Nawer, Pener, Proembrion, Pepe, Robert Proch, Paweł Ryżko, Sepe, Szczerbak, Uran, Zbiok, and others.

Launched in Kiev in October 2014, the exhibition travels to 7 eastern and western European cities before concluding in December in Lublin – the home base of the gallery, with a selection of artworks, murals and photographic archives.

In the recent years Polish urban art has become a rapidly growing phenomenon. Polish urban artists are now not only mentioned among the world elite, but above all, within the broad spectrum of urban art they managed to develop their own, unique, clearly recognizable style. A style, which on the one hand, corresponds to the most notable achievements of Polish  contemporary art; on the other, it often emanates from the most radical form of art created on the streets – graffiti writing.

The aim of the Polish Urban Art project is to present and promote Polish urban art in Europe. In Batumi and Lviv we plan to exhibit murals created on the spot by Polish artists. In Kiev and Minsk we will be presenting a collection documenting Polish urban art starting from the 1950s to the present. After completing our project in Eastern Europe, its results will be presented and discussed on exhibits organized in the major capitals of street art and graffiti – Berlin, Paris, and Stockholm.

Finally, the project will be closed and summed up in Brain Damage Gallery in Lublin in December 2014.

Additionally, the gallery will present photographs documenting the evolution of art on Polish streets, starting from pieces captured by Edward Hartwig in the 1950s, to recent large scale murals.

The entire presentation will be completed by a story of Polish art, aptly captured with the slogan “Graffiti Goes East”.

BERLIN Exhibition: Friday, November 14th to Sunday, November 16th, 12:00-19-00

PROGRAM:

Kiev – 10/20/2014

Lviv – 24-30.10.2014

Minsk – 08-10.11.2014

Berlin – 13-16.11.2014 

Stockholm – 20-23.11.2014

Paris – 27-30.11.2014

Warsaw – 04-07.12.2014

Lublin – 11-14.12.2014

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