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Spraycan Art (Street Graphics / Street Art)

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Book Overview

Shows examples of graffiti from around the world and shares the opinions of graffiti artists about their work. This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Art Arts, Music & Photography

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A work of major significance

As a public art historian, I recently revisited Spraycan Art. I am told that the sales on this book are approaching 200,000 copies. In 1987 it was the first look at the art form as it traveled out of the NYC subways and around the world and although writers today are more sophisticated with their mastery of the spray can and the imagery they create, the book is still very current in its look at the graffiti world and its place in the Hip Hop scene. It is remarkable to me how Chalfant and Prigoff came to know the key writers of those years, both nationally and internationally. Their contribution to the graf world as professional documentary photographers, authors and resource people has withstood the test of time. It is a must read for current writers, historians or just anyone interested in a unique art form created by youth. Interesting that the book named the art for all time.

A Seminal Reference Book

I have just replaced my tattered copy of the seminal five star "Spraycan Art" book. This was the first and only book to follow graffiti art out of the NYC subways and around the world. Not only did the book name the art form, but the authors obviously knew and found the key writers of their time. Witness the visionary choice of Mode 2, age 15, on the cover. ....Thirteen years after being first printed, this book is still a vital reference for all of us who are interested in the graffiti aspect of Hip-Hop. I, for one, am grateful that Chalfant and Prigoff were willing to spend the enormous time and effort that was obviously necessary to capture this historic period on film, give voice to the writers through the interview process, and to make available important historic information.

"Spraycan Art"...is a must for any collection!....

Spraycan Art is a book for any collection! This book shows the artistic side of graffiti art through the lens of a camera...rare graf photos from all over! a great book.

This was my first approach to graffiti art.

On this books you'll see a summary of USA kings writer and a quick summary of european first writers....someone like Delta,Mode2,Bando and so on...all photos are snapped before 1987. This summer i've been in Amsterdam and it was nice to see a throw-up made by Delta in 1985.... it means that the Autors described what really happened in that years.I suggest this book for anyone who wants to know somethig more about reasons and origins of Graffiti and HIPHOP! need2 PEACE!

Excellent, great content and magnificent photography.

The book was well written and is a must for any Graffiti artist. The history of Graffiti is fascinating. Great book.
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