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Beyond the Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art Patrick Nguyen

Beyond the Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art

Patrick Nguyen

Published March 1st 2010
ISBN : 9783899552904
Hardcover
399 pages
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This definitive book on street art features interviews with 100 key players from around the world, who offer their unique perspectives in their own words and images.Street art has established itself as an integral part of the art world in the lastMoreThis definitive book on street art features interviews with 100 key players from around the world, who offer their unique perspectives in their own words and images.Street art has established itself as an integral part of the art world in the last fewyears. The crossover from subculture to high culture is illustrated by the recentattention that this work has been given by renowned institutions such as the TateModern and Fondation Cartier as well as by auction houses like Sothebys. Thetopic is discussed in art magazines and the cultural pages of leading newspapersand is featured in the syllabuses of art and design schools. As interest soared, theneed for information about street art grew. But, until now, there was no insightfulview into the thought and work processes of a reticent, heterogeneous scenewhose would-be members often dont even identify with the label.Comprised of interviews with 100 key players from around the world, Beyondthe Street offers a comprehensive examination of street and urban art. InsidersPatrick Nguyen and Stuart Mackenzie question each of their subjects on everyconceivable aspect of the genre from the past to the future, from the artistsideals to their daily lives, from working in complete freedom to working in the artand commercial worlds. The thought-provoking range of answers make the 400-page book an incomparably extensive source of direct, unfiltered information.Beyond the Street features interviews with leading artists such as ShepardFairey, Swoon, and Os Gemeos. The book also offers the views of representativesof the most important sales outlets for street art including Deitch Projectsand Jonathan LeVine Gallery. In addition, curators from auction houses such asChristies and Phillips de Pury comment on the development of street art in aclassical art context. Interviews with key commentators, collectors, and enthusiastssuch as Martha Cooper, Wooster Collective, and Agnes B. provide furtherinsight. Brought together, these separate and distinct perspectives create auniquely authentic collective portrait of street and urban art that is captivating,informative, and entertaining.Each interview in Beyond the Street is richly illustrated with photographs of aninspiring collection of work. In addition to presenting outdoor work, the bookalso features the pieces that the artists have created for exhibitions and otherindoor spaces. The commercial aspect of the street art movement is rigorouslydocumented for the first time. Among the photographs featured are a number ofimages of the artists studios or the artists themselves at work, providing a rareglimpse into their methods and environments.Its impressive list of participants, as well as the unique diversity of their perspectives,makes Beyond the Street an authoritative manual on the street and urbanart genre. Both the tone and substance of the book make it appealing for artists,collectors, gallery owners, journalists, designers, knowledgeable street artenthusiasts, and those who are looking into the subject for the first time.Beyond the Street is published in English and French editions.