Graffiti World: Street Art from Five Continents (英語) ハードカバー – 2004/10/26
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A history of graffiti art traces its evolution from the late 1960s to today, citing its reflection of hip-hop culture as well as its symbolism of youth art, in a comprehensive survey that features more than two thousand illustrations and interviews with numerous artists from all over the world. 25,000 first printing.
Nicholas Ganz (also known as Keinom, his pen name) is a graffiti artist who has traveled around the world to gather material for this book. He lives in Essen, Germany. Tristan Manco is a graphic artist and director of Bristol-based Tijuana Design. He is the author of Stencil Graffiti and Street Logos.
The bad reviews that it received were based on buyers not reading what the book was all about, that is, they were expenting more of a encyclopedical book or worst had problems with the sellers (book suppliers).
The one thing I agree with other buyers is that, I wish that a larger book format would have been available to better appreciate the photos.
I find that there are very few books like this, so when I originally discovered it I thought of what a gem it was. When I think of graffiti, I tend to think of a specific spot on the NY subway system that I've taken for years; just before heading underground the train passes by multiple buildings that have work all over the sides--it really is a beautiful sight. But I never thought about such things across the world existing, and found out in this book that they do exist.
If you enjoy artwork in general, or have ever considered any graffiti to be beautiful in its own way, I would recommend this, even as a passing interest, because it will expose you to the "world outside of your own", in many senses of the phrase.