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Interview with Michael Genovese  
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1/21/13

Los Angeles, Jan. 2013: As I drove up the 5 freeway to meet Michael Genovese, my car radio was tuned to 88.9 FM. Between Anaheim and Norwalk, the radio transmission began to flicker back and forth between the two college stations that share that frequency in Southern California. For a few miles the radio was caught between KUCI and KXLU, between mellow beats and experimental noise. I let it play through, enjoyed the give and take, the struggle. Michael Genovese, whose solo exhibition Lines and Cracks and Z... [more]

GEOslant Around the World: Georgia Fee's Legacy in Writing  
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Posted 12/21/12

Many of you dedicated ArtSlant readers may remember that from the start, the GeoSlant blog was editor-in-chief and ArtSlant founder Georgia Fee’s own blog. Each week she posted travelogues, helpful tips and how-to’s, all written with her particular brand of wit and verve. Perusing the earliest entries in the GeoSlant blog from 2007-09, you get a glimpse of how ArtSlant grew, changed, and developed, how new features were added and with how much fanfare. Not only that, but reading these entries also gives you a glimpse of who Georgia was, and how she saw the... [more]

20121206173846-66 ArtSlant Prize 2012: Susan Meyer - Models in Ruin   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/6/12

Susan Meyer - 3rd Place, ArtSlant Prize 2012 It’s somehow appropriate that we’re showing Susan Meyer’s work at an art fair inside a hotel. Hotel art fairs have a unique social sensibility to them: doors flung wide, friends and strangers alike moving fluidly in and out of what would normally be closed-off, separate private spaces. This lends the whole affair a feeling of intimacy, coupled with the slight sensation of breaching boundaries, which leads to conversations and interactions that you wo... [more]

20121205112554-x Alternative Moons: Experiences on the Outer Fringe   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/5/12

Imagine Art Basel Miami Beach is a planet. It is after all, the big centralizing force to which all other early December Miami fairs, events, and exhibitions compare themselves. Those are usually referred to as satellite fairs: orbiting moons. Some of these moons are quite large, and orbit in close proximity to the Basel planet, while others are mere specks out on the fringe. Some of these moons have quite erratic, elliptical orbits, spinning in all different directions. These moons—their atmosph... [more]

20121129002145-1 Spending Time: Interview with Anthony Huberman   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/29/12

Anthony Huberman is the director of The Artist's Institute in New York, a peculiar little space on Eldridge Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Entering this below-street-level gallery, it's not uncommon to see only one work of art on the wall at any given time. Run as a project of Hunter College, The Artist's Institute, rather than running on the typical gallery schedule of an-exhibition-a-month, is on the semester system: focusing on one artist per season. Focus might be the wrong word; r... [more]

20121120151933-4 Curator: A Slippery Word - an interview with Darren Jones   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/20/12

What does it mean to be a curator? Of late the term has taken on a few new meanings. It’s become a buzzword in the realms of blogging, fashion, design, interior decorating, Pinteresting, Tumblr-ing, publishing, thrift-ing, and all other sorts of realms where selecting, choosing, filtering, or procuring sundry images or objects and placing them in some order, by theme, by color, by mood or material, becomes “curated” content. Many people, mostly museum curators, find this annexation of the term an... [more]

20121018193407-sacrilege A Paris dérive: hors les murs at FIAC   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 10/18/12

There are a couple of ways to approach art fairs: one could subscribe to a strict itinerary of events, talks, exhibitions, and parties, planning out every moment in an attempt to experience as much, meet as many people, drink as many free drinks and see as much art as possible during that relatively brief moment in a city when every art space, gallery, and arts organization seems to go into hyperdrive. Or, one could simply let go and go with the flow. There are benefits to both, but I should remind y... [more]

20120725001004-600x397x01 Make Art Now Ask Questions Later   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 7/24/12

Jeffrey Deitch’s bold claim, that graffiti is “arguably the most influential art movement since Pop,” was meant to rile people up. The provocative statement was found in the exhibition catalogue to the ambitious Art in the Streets exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in 2011. Graffiti and street art have been shown in museums and galleries before, but Art in the Streets was the very first attempt at a historical retrospective and survey of this wide-ranging, ill... [more]

Interview with Rachel Lin Weaver  
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5/27/12

Bloomington, IN, May 2012: In a small room, a table and one chair. A video projection opposite the chair, depicts a dark mountain, snow falling. Placing your hands on the table you hear, somewhere deep in your bones, the groans, creaks, and rumblings of a glacial landscape, while elsewhere you hear voices. An overhead light over the table recalls the scene of an interrogation, but the vibrations of the table simultaneously evoke the scene of a séance, bringing back the spirits of the dead. Tra... [more]

20120503184706-john_ahearn Some Full Circle on Randall's Island: John Ahearn at Frieze Projects   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Uri Aran, Latifa Echakhch, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Joel Kyack, Rick Moody, Virginia Overton, John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres, Ulla von Brandenburg at Frieze New York May 4th, 2012 - May 7th, 2012
Posted 5/3/12

Some people living in New York have great views, most don’t. Where I lived in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the view from the front of the apartment overlooked an off-ramp from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Day and night trucks would rumble past, slamming into potholes and screeching on their brakes. The building would literally shake—a constant earthquake—with the only respite on Sunday mornings or during the occasional blizzard. If any windows were left open, within a few hours a layer of fine soot wou... [more]

20120326175818-2012_biennial_lobby_01 GEOslant: Natalie Hegert at the Whitney Biennial   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Kai Althoff, Thom Andersen, Charles Atlas, Lutz Bacher, Forrest Bess, Dennis Cooper, Cameron Crawford, Moyra Davey, Liz Deschenes, Nathaniel Dorsky, Nicole Eisenman, Kevin Jerome Everson, Vincent Fecteau, Andrea Fraser, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Vincent Gallo, K8 Hardy, Richard Hawkins, Werner Herzog, Jerome Hiler, Matt Hoyt, Dawn Kasper, Mike Kelley, John Kelsey, John Knight, Jutta Koether, The Red Krayola, George Kuchar, Laida Lertxundi, Kate Levant, Sam Lewitt, Joanna Malinowska, Andrew Masullo, Nick Mauss, Richard Maxwell, Sarah Michelson, Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran, Stephen O’Malley, Laura Poitras, Matt Porterfield, Luther Price, Lucy Raven, Peter Rehberg, Kelly Reichardt, Elaine Reichek, Michael Robinson, Georgia Sagri, Michael E. Smith, Tom Thayer, Wu Tsang, Oscar Tuazon, Gisèle Vienne, Frederick Wiseman at Whitney Museum of American Art March 1st, 2012 - May 27th, 2012
Posted 3/26/12

“Be advised that the fourth floor galleries will be closing in about fifteen minutes for Sarah Michelson’s performance,” I was told when I arrived at the Whitney ticket counter, “So you should probably begin your visit there.” Yeesh. Fifteen minutes for an entire floor? I’d better hurry, I thought, as I dashed to the elevator. On the fourth floor, one of Michelson’s dancers was warming up, stretching her limbs out with a couple quick pas-de-bourrées over the dance floor—a site-specific work in i... [more]

20120215172329-andersen_s_contemporary_-_toma_s_saraceno__iridescent_planet__2012_-_115cm In Madrid with the ArtSlant Team   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at ARCO Madrid February 15th, 2012 - February 19th, 2012
Posted 2/15/12

The Prado. The Reina Sofía. The Thyssen. From Guernica to Goya, the Spanish capital possesses unimaginable artistic treasures. Add to that the leisurely tapas bars and all-night parties, Madrid’s the perfect spot to indulge in cultural and sensory overload. For one week in February, the crowds of international dealers, collectors, and art-lovers arrive in Madrid to do just that. Oh, and also to buy and sell some art. ARCO Madrid is a massive affair: over 200 galleries from nearly thirty countr... [more]

20111226201301-20110515102244-kw_gaillard_04_72dpi Momentous and Memorable   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 12/26/11

Looking back on the past year, here is the editor's choice of the most memorable art moments and most inspired art writing of 2011 in Berlin. The ArtSlant writing team captures this city, defined by its up-and-coming-ness, its desperate hipness, and party-town reputation, while seeking out some of the most innovative moments of contemporary art anywhere, from a room slowly collapsing in on itself, to a gallery infested with ants and spiders... "Doping them with coolness": Cyprien Gaillard's "B... [more]

Interview with Stefan Eins  
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12/11/11

New York, Dec. 2011— Stefan Eins finds art in some of the most unlikely places. In 1978, Eins opened an art space called FASHION 時裝 MODA МОДА* in the South Bronx, in a neighborhood that, at the time, more closely resembled a bombed-out war zone than a borough of New York. Fashion Moda (1978-1993)  was a “museum of science, art, invention, technology and fantasy,” and he and his co-director Joe Lewis subscribed to the radical (still) notion that art could be made by anyone, anywhere, regardless of r... [more]

20110703131142-pressi6 Crossing Borders   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jaakko Heikkilä, Ulla Jokisalo, Riikka Kuoppala, Raakel Kuukka, Elena Näsänen, Marja Pirilä, Hannele Rantala, Minna Rainio and Mark Roberts, Catarina Ryöppy, Minna Suoniemi at Governors Island June 24th, 2011 - July 31st, 2011
Posted 7/3/11

With Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery’s pioneering photography exhibition debuting the “Helsinki School” last year, and Sanna Kannisto just finishing up her solo exhibition at Aperture Foundation, it seems that Finnish photographers may be poised to be the hot new items on the New York photography scene.  Introducing ten Finnish photographers and video-artists, an exhibition presented by the Finnish Cultural Institute out on Governors Island this summer, though presenting works of the same medium, show div... [more]

20110527122257-hoeckle_email Dog Days   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Patrick Brennan, Rick Caruso, Jillian Conrad, Nathan Gwynne, Katy Higgins, Kim Hoeckele, Ellie Irons, Rena Leinberger, Carlota Mazon, Andrew D. Moeller, Michael Beitz and Matt Monroe, Heidi Neilson, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Birgit Rathsmann, Erin Thurlow, Eugenie Tung, and Jeff Williams at Smack Mellon June 18th, 2011 - July 31st, 2011
Posted 7/3/11

Dog days.  Cut through the greasy air, thick with humidity.  Mosquito bites and black tar rooftops.  Skin prickly with salt, a deep grime collected under fingernails. Odors intensify and linger. The only respite found in a public pool shared with hundreds of others.  There’s a reason that New York City residents (those who can afford to) quit the city during the worst of the summer months, abandoning it for cooler, breezier climes in the Hamptons or upstate. The hot city is the theme of a smart... [more]

20131218224302-100513_0002_rio909 Superimposed Supergraphics   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Haas&Hahn at Storefront for Art and Architecture May 7th, 2011 - July 30th, 2011
Posted 6/5/11

The Storefront for Art and Architecture’s collapsible/exploding/intruding space, where walls pivot out onto the sidewalk, is currently hosting an exhibition of Dutch artist duo Haas&Hahn. Like the space that hosts their work, the duo’s projects, enacted in the favelas of Rio, are imposed onto the fabric of the city, blurring the boundaries of public and private. Taking advantage of the unregulated dynamics of the ghetto, Haas&Hahn’s projects take the form of community enterprise, ed... [more]

20110517013257-take-out_620_620 Chinatown   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Martin Basher, Lucas Blalock, Nicholas Brooks, Sarah Chacich, Vincent Como, Rory Donaldson, Nick Kramer, Ted Riederer, Thuridur Ros Sigyrthorsdottir, Ryan Sullivan at Art in General May 20th, 2011 - July 2nd, 2011
Posted 6/5/11

Chinatown harbors many hidden secrets.  In our literature, films and fantasies, it’s the perfect placefor a hideout; it’s the location of an underground deal, a secret underworld, a land of counterfeits, a dark mystery.  Culturally impenetrable, Chinatown can be intimidating for the outsider—unintelligible signage, curious customs, the closeness of bodies, cars, bicycles, the shops overflowing into the street with their cheap wares, the denseness of the air, the unfamiliar miasma of fish oil and... [more]

20110410172719-2259654716_6102216705 A Slice of Berlin in New York   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 4/10/11

For a real slice of graffiti history (and history history) a few blocks away from MoMA you can find a literal slice of the Berlin Wall.  Situated in the courtyard of 520 Madison, this segment of the famous division between East and West was painted by artists Thierry Noir and Kiddy Citny circa 1984.  The wall is now divided and placed out of context, but the graffiti stands as a testament for the transformative power of art over symbols of authority and political repression.   --Natalie Hegert (Image: NYC: Urban Plaza - The Berlin Wa... [more]

20110221141411-pantheon-prphoto-022111 In the Windows   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Cake, Oze 108, Gen 2, John Ahearn, Royce Bannon, Quel Beast, el CELSO, Nohj Coley, Darkclouds, Droid, Faro, John Fekner, Cassius Fouler, FREEDOM, Ellis Gallagher, Gen2, GHOST, Abby Goodman, Goya, Groser, Richard Hambleton, infinity, Ket, Don Leicht, Abe Lincoln Jr., LSD-Om, Cahil Muraghu, NohJColey, Lsd Om, OverUnder, Sadue, Jordan Seiler, Matt Siren, Skewville, STIKMAN, TOOFLY, Rigoberto Torres, UFO, Adam VOID, Vudu at Donnell Library Window Space April 2nd, 2011 - April 17th, 2011
Posted 4/10/11

On view until April 17th in the windows of the old Donnell branch library opposite MoMA on 53rd street, Pantheon NYC, curated by Daniel Feral and Joyce Manalo, is an exhibition of graffiti and street artists’ work spanning three decades.  Featuring work from New York street art pioneers, like John Fekner and Richard Hambleton, to artists you’d encounter today on any given street in the city, like Darkclouds and UFO, Pantheon locates these artists in a broad art historical, generational and geographi... [more]

20110302100916-untitled_i__october_bliss_ Photo Fetish   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Hrvoje Slovenc at Michael Mazzeo Gallery March 3rd, 2011 - April 23rd, 2011
Posted 4/10/11

“It’s like looking at a crime scene,” whispered one observer at Michael Mazzeo Gallery, as she inspected a large-scale, panoramic photograph of a shabby, uncomfortable domestic interior. The photograph is part of a series of about a dozen entitled Home Theatre by Hrvoje Slovenc, a young Croatian-born, New-York-based artist, fresh from his recently earned MFA at Yale.   The domestic spaces depicted in Slovenc’s series are indeed like crime scenes, and contain clues—a pair of handcuffs, a heavy... [more]

The Slant on Iris Häussler  
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4/6/11

Toronto, Apr. 2011: Iris Häussler's work vascillates in the liminal areas between fact and fiction, history and memory, science and art.  Her  practice requires periods of intense research, piecing together elaborate, painstaking detail in the creation of objects and entire environments -- taking place entirely in secret.  When her immersive installations are presented to the public, in many cases the artist, or who you would assume the artist should be, remains hidden.  I first learned about Iris H... [more]

20110307201611-verge2011 Wandering in Dumbo - VERGE   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at Verge Artbrooklyn DUMBO March 3rd, 2011 - March 6th, 2011
Posted 3/7/11

Verge Art Fair, held for the first time in Brooklyn, has been criticized as disappointing, fractured and disorganized.  Combining gallery exhibitors, curated shows and individual artist booths held between six different venues in the DUMBO area with nothing but a tiny map and some scattered signs to guide you, admittedly, it was a bit confusing.  It seemed more like an open studios event than an art fair, with artists cramming their work on either sides of long, narrow studio suites, and the gall... [more]

20110307110207-scopeimage11111 Diversions and Distractions at Scope   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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at SCOPE New York March 2nd, 2011 - March 6th, 2011
Posted 3/7/11

Scope art fair, in its new location on the West side highway, was packed with gimmicks and glorp, the same gimmicks and glorp from last year. Really.  The same crappy work that didn’t sell last year.  The same work that I actually recognized because it was that bad.  But let’s not talk about that, let’s talk about the good stuff, the fun stuff, and the free stuff. In contrast with last year’s event at the Lincoln Center, Scope 2011, organized and directed by Mollie White, focused their efforts... [more]

20110304051024-natalairarmory The Sound Side of the Art Fairs   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/2/11

One of the best parts about checking out NYC art fairs is sampling a bit of the city's nightlife. Granted all the fairs have their VIP previews and swishy cocktail parties, but some feature real live music, from top-notch DJs, to gritty punk acts and art rock glam. Here are the musical highlights of NY Armory Week: VERGE: Art Brooklyn Thursday March 3. Start off your art fair week with a party until the wee hours at Galapagos Art Space in Dumbo. The curators of Verge: Art Brooklyn have put together an art fair that features a few int... [more]

20110116155315-1betterburger Better Burger   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 1/16/11

Better Burger Chelsea178 Eight Avenue at 19th StreetNew York, NY 10011 212-989-6688    Ever since the Empire Diner mysteriously closed for renovations, Chelsea has become a wasteland for food.  Don't get me wrong, I'm sure there's lots of absolutely delicious edibles and libations to be had in Chelsea.  Just not for my slim, broke-as-a-joke budget.  So I've started what's become a tradition--before a long night of wine-sipping and art-viewing, I bolster my tum-tum with a good, dense sandwich f... [more]

20110114184838-01320110115 Chance/Covert Operations   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Seth Price at Friedrich Petzel Gallery (West 22nd Street) January 7th, 2011 - February 19th, 2011
Posted 1/16/11

One of the most delightful aspects of Seth Price’s show of new video works at Petzel Gallery is the element of chance.  Unless you’re by yourself in the gallery, the movements of your fellow art viewers dictate your progress through the exhibit.  In Non Speech, Fire & Smoke, each video work is presented as a solo experience and can be viewed by only one person at a time, in separate viewing booths—recalling both the earliest days of cinema at penny arcades and the contemporary condition of solitary int... [more]

20110114190905-hortongallery001169 Agitation, Aggression, Compulsion, Regression   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Bryan Zanisnik at Horton Gallery January 13th, 2011 - February 19th, 2011
Posted 1/16/11

Bryan Zanisnik’s latest solo show at Horton Gallery consists of a series of new large-scale C-prints and a five-minute video, which, in short, depict the chaotic inner workings of a crowded consciousness. The photographs show, in brilliant color, various studio installations of collections of objects: clocks, baseball cards, soap bottles, toy cars, greeting cards.  Objects are melted together, tied up, hanging suspended.  In Off Season, a triptych of filing cabinets appear to be in mid-explosion,... [more]

20101204150623-screen_shot_2010-12-03_at_8 Absence in Abstraction   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Berenice Abbott, George Bellows, AA Bronson, Romaine Brooks, Thomas Eakins, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Keith Haring, Marsden Hartley, Jasper Johns, Annie Leibovitz, Glenn Ligon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Agnes Martin, Catherine Opie, Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, John Singer Sargent, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz at National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution) October 30th, 2010 - February 13th, 2011
Posted 12/4/10

Embroiled in controversy—it's what you’d expect from an exhibition about gay portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.  In fact, it’s rather surprising that the controversy didn’t arise until a month after the show was open—just in time for World AIDS Day.  On November 30th, the Catholic League complained about David Wojnarowicz's 1987 video piece Fire in My Belly, a “vile video” that could be interpreted as nothing more than an attack on Christianity, all because o... [more]

20101115090454-trespass-20100829-195107 Trespass: a history of uncommissioned urban art   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/15/10

Trespass. A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art Carlo McCormick, Marc and Sara Schiller, Ethel SenoHardcover, 23.5 x 32 cm (9.3 x 12.6 in.), 320 pages $ 39.99 The realm of graffiti and street art has long been plagued by publications with lots of flashy pictures and design, but very little substance, text-wise.  Most "graffiti books" rely only on images--the text reads almost as an afterthought, consisting usually of un-edited, sometimes un-spell-checked artist interviews that are about as i... [more]

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