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My (Street-Art) Holiday Reading List

Malo
By Malo

What Japan’s manhole covers have to do with Brazil’s favelas and the timeless tradition of Arabic calligraphy.

    Urban Iran

    Urban Iran is a depiction of everyday life apart from international and diplomatic policies, giving voice to people living and working in Iran today while probing the complexities of contemporary Iran. Described and revealed by photographers, writers and visual artists, from street art to heavy metal bands and book publishing, Urban Iran documents how the Western media gaze influences how much of the world views Iran, but also how this gaze impacts how Iranians see themselves, especially in the realm of the creative arts. Novelist Salar Abdoh relays how his adventures driving a Puegot 206 hatchback in and around Tehran were emblematic of a "split in the personality of the country . . . what makes Iran so difficult to describe to non-Iranians"; Tehran-based photographer and designer Karan Reshad offers images of markets and the country's burgeoning graffiti scene, most notably the work of A1ONE; articles from the magazine Bidoun delve into Tehran's largest housing complex, Iranian facial hair trends and the country's underground heavy metal scene; Charlotte Noruzi's personal stories about the effects of her childhood books that remain with her today, resulting in her exploration of the current state of publishing and illustration in Iran today. Together, all of these parts form a whole, an intimate portrait that is insightful and visually diverse.

    Street Knowledge

    An encyclopaedia of street culture for those who love Banksy or Irvine Welsh and want to know about the cutting-edge talents, past and present, who have shaped urban cool.This eye-catching insider's guide includes old-school graffiti legends, avant-garde street artists, film-makers, DJ's, designers, writers and poets who have influenced urban culture. From the ground-breaking New York artists of the 1980s to the unique work of modern-day Iranians - this book shows how street culture has penetrated every aspect of modern life.Street Knowledge includes work and exclusive interviews from some of the world's most famous artists and talents, such as Banksy, David LaChapelle, Kelsey Brookes, Quik, Tony Kaye, Tama Janowitz, The KLF, Shawn Stussy, Obey, Irvine Welsh, Martha Cooper and Benjamin Zephaniah, as well as lesser-known and up-coming talents who are literally coming up from the streets to a gallery, cinema, clothes shop or mp3 player near you.It also looks at the cities where all this is happening right now and gives the reader a mini city-guide to where the hottest spots are to be found and where to eat sleep shop drink and check out the freshest art, design and fashion. This is the first time there has been an in-depth look at street culture by a major publisher.Literally too much going on within the pages of this unique book to do justice in one paragraph...

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    Arabic Graffiti

    Currently there is great interest in Arab culture, Arabic art and calligraphy. There are many bestsellers on these themes. - This is the first comprehensive look at how western urban art has been re-interpreted using Arabic script and sensibilities- Since the first edition was published in 2011 the wave got bigger and developed itself more and more, affording more genious artists. This is the updated version with new material in it.

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    Street Sketchbook: Journeys

    In this sequel to the worldwide bestseller "Street Sketchbook", Tristan Manco continues his exploration of the secret world of sketchbooks by tracing artists creative journeys, from the initial idea to its development. The book features work by the most innovative street and graffiti artists from around the world, showcasing both established artists, such as Sam3 and Titifreak, and the extraordinary new talent that is emerging from creative hubs, from Colombia to Ukraine. Each of the featured artists pushes back the boundaries, whether working on the street or in the studio; this book enables us to join them on their creative journeys.

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    Trespass

    The city as canvas: How self-expression, politics, and protest reclaim the streets Made in collaboration with its featured artists, Trespass traces the rise and global reach of graffiti and urban art, not just as a fringe visual movement but as a social phenomenon and central expression of youth. With an exclusive preface from Banksy, Trespass, now available as a popular Reader's Edition, presents the full historical sweep, international spread, and technical developments of the street art movement. Featuring key works by 150 artists, it connects four generations of street practitioners, incoporating both niche artists such as Miss Van and noteworthy names as Jean Tinguely, Keith Haring, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, Gordon Matta-Clark, Billboard Liberation Front, Guerrilla Girls, and Banksy. The book is set out in thematic chapters that engage with the central theme of 'trespassing'. While images of the works are allowed to speak for themselves, each theme is prefaced by a brief essay to provide thought-provoking context to the history, politics, protest, and illicit performance of self-expression in the social space. Writers include Anne Pasternak (director of public arts fund Creative Time) and civil rights lawyer Tony Serra.

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