Street Art

Graffitti, tags, Street art, subvertising, vandalism, postering, printing; 'Street Art' looks at the art phenomenon of the underground styles and novements of street art from around the world.
Street Art
Graffitti, tags, Street art, subvertising, vandalism, postering, printing; Street Art looks at the art phenomenon of the underground styles and novements of street art from around the world. Street Art looks at the artistic movement that began around the time of modernism in the 1960 and gained prominence in the 1980’s and still continues today. Far from some of the other publication on this topic it looks at it critically from a historical, political, philosophical and sociological point of view, identifying some of the developing trends and situating it within the field of art history and how ir has been adopted and adapted be advertising and mass media. The beginnings of street art, in the form early tags dates back to Pompeii where peoples names can be seen scratched into the walls from before the volcanic eruption. The author doesn’t just focus on contemporary arts mentioning the artforms influence on prominent modernist artists like Picasso and Braque, or the non-gallery based works of artists like Basquiet. This book is very well structured breaking the text into several subsections with introductions that provide an overview and individual sections which focus on prominent artist and their styles as wedll as providing large colour images of their work that the reader can refer to. The is particularly importance as the author often refers to the styalistic qualities and nuances of theme of each artist. Featuring artists including Blek le Rat, Goldie, Futura 2000 and including interviews with street artists like Henry Chalfant, Lady Pink and swoon, Lewisohn submerges the reader into the culture of street art and the people who practice it. Lewisohn also mentions the prominent women artists involved in street art, a predominantly male genre, like Lady pink who is regarded as the first woman to have significant impact on the movement, Miss Van who produces sultry gotic-style women that have a strong presence about them and the well-known text based works of Jenny Holzer. Street Art is an extremely well written, engaging book that is both informative yet very interesting to read. A marked strength of this book is in the tone it has been written, assuming the audience doesn’t have a prior knowledge of street art, or art history in general, but is still intelligent which can be a trap for the book written for the ‘uninformed’ reader. This is an exceptionally strong book and good read for anyone looking at contemporary art. Author details Street Art is published by Tate Publishing and distributed by Thames and Hudson. It is available from September 2009. Cedar Lewisohn research more details. Street Art Author: Cedar Lewisohn Genre: Art; Street Art Publisher: Tate Gallery Publishing ISBN: 978 1 85 437 875 0 RRP: $29.95

Jade Wildy

Monday 28 September, 2009

About the author

Jade Wildy is an art theorist and historian based in Adelaide, Australia and she is currently studying for a Masters of Art History at the University of Adelaide. Jade holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts, with a major in ceramics from the University of South Australia. Jade aspires to become an art writer and researcher to pursue her love of visual art and art history. Her current research interests centre around contemporary art with a particular focus on Environmental Art, but she also has a love for psychology, biology and contemporary culture through art, music and dance. Jade enjoys working in her established home studio, as well as fiction and arts writing, and have written numerous reviews for ArtsHub Australia on both visual and performing arts in addition to several book reviews.