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Street Art (Art Essentials)

Simon Armstrong


'A concise and well-researched reference for an important movement – Armstrong's insights will open your eyes' Remi Rough


From train tunnels and dark alleys to glamorous international art fairs, street art has come to be a global phenomenon. Simon Armstrong explores its foundations, showing the enduring influence of the graffiti culture of 1960s Philadelphia and 1970s New York on the street art of today.

Armstrong charts the movement’s complex relationship with graffiti, the law, the commercial art world and gentrification as it evolves and embraces new materials, styles and techniques.

This book takes in many of the subculture’s most significant artists, from the early taggers, including Taki 183, to New York Kings Dondi and Seen and on to Shepard Fairey, Banksy, Invader, Miss Van and Vhils. Street art’s exuberant creativity brings colour and energy to public spaces worldwide and continues to challenge the way we think and see.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 21.6 x 13.8 cm

Extent: 176 pp

Illustrations: 96

Publication date: 19 September 2019

ISBN: 9780500294338

About the Author

Simon Armstrong has an unrivalled knowledge and appreciation of street art and graffiti culture. He is a bookseller and buyer for Tate.