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Street Art (Art Essentials)

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A comprehensive history and interpretation of the street art  movement, featuring all of the key practitioners in a colorful  combination of sharp images and insightful commentary.

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.

85 color illustrations


  • Paperback :  176 pages 
  • Product Dimensions :  5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches 
  • Publisher :  Thames & Hudson; Illustrated Edition (October 15, 2019)