Author(s): Eric Felisbret
Fine Arts | No Category
Decades after the movement globalized, New York is still the mecca of graffiti culture. Painting there is a badge of honor, with graffiti artists from around the globe making pilgrimages to New York for that purpose. This is the city where it all began, yet few know the back story.Graffiti New York fills that gap, detailing the concepts, aesthetics, ideals, and social structures that have served as a cultural blueprint for graffiti movements across the world. The book features approximately 1,000 images, complemented by texts by the authors and relevant players in the movement, as well as descriptive graphics and sidebars.Ranging from the birth of simple signature tags to today's vibrant murals, and covering the ups and downs of the movement, the culture's value system, its social framework, the various forms of graffiti, and significant artists and crews, Graffiti New York is a major addition to Abrams' superb books on graffiti art.
An excellent visual document of New York from the 1970s to today looking at graffiti, including interviews with people involved or affected by the artistic movement. A beautiful and comprehensive book.
Elisa, Book Grocer
Eric Felisbret is a former graffiti artist and acknowledged authority on New York City graffiti. Along with his brother Luke, he created www.at159st.com, a comprehensive online documentation of New York City graffiti. Luke Felisbret is a graffiti artist and historian, widely admired for his traditional style and vast knowledge. Active in the graffiti gallery scene, his paintings have been featured in Spraycan Art and Aerosol Kingdom: Subway Painters of New York City.