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Street art / Simon Armstrong.

By: Armstrong, Simon.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Art essentials.Publisher: London, England : Thames and Hudson, 2019Description: 175 pages : illustrations (colour) ; 22 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780500294338; 050029433X.Subject(s): Street artDDC classification: 751.73 Summary: Street Art is a phenomenon and subcultural movement that reaches from the darkest urban backstreets to the most glamorous international art fairs. Simon Armstrong examines how it evolved from its origins in the 1970s New York graffiti scene to embrace many new materials, styles and techniques along the way, tracing how this marginal art form graduated into art galleries and the art market, while also heavily influencing design, fashion, advertising and visual culture. 0Despite having earned a place in the canon of 20th-century art history, Street Art's qualifications are often disputed both by the art establishment and practitioners themselves, all concerned with notions of authenticity. Examining Street Art's controversial history in detail, this book provides a full-colour worldwide journey, taking in all of the movement's significant artists and artworks, styles, materials and methods, and showcasing the works that have come to define it more than any other. It also examines its close relationship to Pop Art and Digital Art, and explores possible futures for Street Art.
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Street art is a phenomenon and subculture movement that reaches from the darkest urban backstreets to the most glamorous international art fairs. Despite having earned a place in the canon of twentieth-century art history, its qualifications are often disputed by both the art establishment and practitioners themselves, all concerned with notions of authenticity.This book examines how street art evolved from its origins in the 1970s New York graffiti scene to embrace many new materials, styles, and techniques. The once marginal art form has graduated into art galleries and the art market, while also heavily influencing design, fashion, advertising, and visual culture. Simon Armstrong walks readers through its controversial history, taking in the movement's significant artists, artworks, and methods, and showcasing the works that have come to define it. He also discusses its close relationship to pop art and digital art, and explores possible futures for street art.Packed with detail and written in an engaging, accessible style, this latest installment in the Art Essentials series is a must-read for lovers of street art and anyone interested in the way art movements gradually join the mainstream.

Street Art is a phenomenon and subcultural movement that reaches from the darkest urban backstreets to the most glamorous international art fairs. Simon Armstrong examines how it evolved from its origins in the 1970s New York graffiti scene to embrace many new materials, styles and techniques along the way, tracing how this marginal art form graduated into art galleries and the art market, while also heavily influencing design, fashion, advertising and visual culture. 0Despite having earned a place in the canon of 20th-century art history, Street Art's qualifications are often disputed both by the art establishment and practitioners themselves, all concerned with notions of authenticity. Examining Street Art's controversial history in detail, this book provides a full-colour worldwide journey, taking in all of the movement's significant artists and artworks, styles, materials and methods, and showcasing the works that have come to define it more than any other. It also examines its close relationship to Pop Art and Digital Art, and explores possible futures for Street Art.

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Claiming the purpose of street art as a way to connect with people through visual media, Armstrong positions the medium as the continuation of a long line of art forms that encourage engagement--including cave paintings (as a form of community culture), scribblings on the walls of interiors and exteriors of buildings in Pompeii (preserved thanks to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE), the WW II meme "Kilroy was here," and hip-hop production. Armstrong explains how materials, styles, and techniques of graffiti culture tradition of 1960s Philadelphia and 1970s New York City have been embraced and also eschewed by artists working in the newer forms of street art and urban art. Part of the "Art Essentials" series--which provides pithy introductions to movements, themes, and approaches to understanding art--Street Art is enhanced by a glossary of key terms and a select bibliography. Including a brief introduction, eight chapters, and more than 85 black-and-white and color figures, this volume will be particularly valuable to those interested in the history and theory of countercultural and subversive art forms--which include graffiti as well as street art and urban art--and in visual media and material culture, aesthetics, and design. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers. --Juilee Decker, Rochester Institute of Technology