Book Review: Abstract Graffiti

Graffiti, vandalism, tagging or street art, whatever you choose to call it, this is arguably the most controversial current art form going and its impact spans the globe. Through photos, artist interviews, interviews with a judge and several others, Lewisohn presents an excellent overview of the different aspects of street art. There is even a fascinating chapter devoted to the evolution and history of the street artist’s best friend, the spray can. Particularly interesting are the more nontraditional aspects of street art including knitting, crochet, shrink-wrapping and live art. The many fine examples of hard-edged abstract art depicted in the Suprematists chapter would be at home in major art galleries but by being accessible on the street, can be widely enjoyed by all passersby.

This is a thoughtful presentation of an art form too frequently overlooked and will be of interest to art students and laypersons alike as they seek a better understanding of the roots and direction of these dynamic artists.


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