Sunday, March 1, 2009
NEW ARRIVALS @ THE FIFTH/G on 5: GRAF BOOKS BOOKS,YO!
by Remo Camerota
Japan has long been a breeding ground for innovative approaches to Western traditions, like movies and baseball. But, the fanatical embrace with which Japanese artists have welcomed graffiti has made for a form of graffiti wholly apart from its Western origins. Photographed by Remo Camerota, Graffiti Japan captures the culturally unique aspects of Japanese street art, providing the most complete look at Japan's contemporary graffiti scene ever compiled.
Camerota could never have guessed that his first, on-a-whim trip to Japan would result in him moving to Tokyo and befriending the scene's most prolific and talented artists. The more time he spent with them traveling from city to city, meeting local luminaries, the more photographs he took, the more excited the artists became about helping Camerota delve deeper and deeper.
Interviews with KRESS, BELX2, FATE, TENGA, EMAR, SUIKO, QP and many more reveal how these artists define their work as specifically Japanese, musing on everything from replicating the calligraphic intricacies of the Japanese language with spray paint, to foreign influences and national pride. Every single photograph in Graffiti Japan was shot in Japan, featuring anime and manga characters, kanji, sprawling legal murals and illegal hidden spots, all of which comprise this spectacular scene that could not exist in any other country.
Page Count: 128, Size: 8 1/4 x 10 inches, Format: Casebound
Urban Guerrilla Protest
by Ake Rudolf
Berlin-based graphic designer Ake Rudolf has compiled an international collection of successful and poignant actions; its design and bilingual English/German layout is an homage to the Do It Yourself attitude that all of the examples champion in the name of questioning corporate hegemony. Examinations of Reverend Billy, the Yes Men, The Institute for Applied Autonomy, The Billboard Liberation Front, The Ruckus Society, Yomango, Surveillance Camera Players and more than 90 other examples from all over the US, UK, Australia, China, Argentina and elsewhere illuminate how these messages are heard, and in many cases incite change.
Page Count: 134, Size: 8 x 10 inches, Format: Casebound
Cover Price $28
PEEL: The Art of the Sticker
by Dave & Holly Combs
Showcasing stickers, interviews and articles from the first eight issues of PEEL, this book celebrates the innovation and diversity of sticker and street art, including interviews with some of the scene's legendary figures like Shepard Fairey and SEEN, and of course, the book has stickers, 69 of them.
Page Count: 160, Size: 8 1/2 x 10 inches, Format: Hardcover
Cover Price $28
Los Angeles Graffiti
Interview with POWER
In the land of Hollywood, gang wars and beach bums, Los Angeles graffiti teems with the city's myriad cultural influences. From intricately tagged walls that seem to grow out of blooming roadside flower beds to spray-painted palm trees, Los Angeles Graffiti illustrates how the landscape of America's anti-city has fomented a distinct brand of graffiti, recognized the world over.
Page Count: 128, Size: 8 1/4 x 10 inches
Cover Price $28
by Mark Ferem
Go on in and check it out. It's okay, we knocked, no one's in there. From the thoughtlessly poignant to the poetically charged, the scrawls, missives, doodles, caffeine-fueled harangues and drunkenly-dented maxims within herald voices free from corporate confines and mass-media mindsets.
Page Count: 160, Size: 6 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, Format: Paperback
Cover Price $15
CBGB: Decades of Graffiti
Introduction by Richard Hell
Since CBGB opened in 1973, very little has changed about the physical space, with one exception: the graffiti. As grimy and layered with ink as they are, the walls contain the history of the club, from the musicians to the fans.
Page Count: 64, Size: 7 x 9 inches, Format: Paperback
Cover Price $12
Stencil Graffiti Capital: Melbourne
by Jake Smallman & Carl Nyman
AN EDGY, LAVISH VISUAL SURVEY, Stencil Graffiti Capital: Melbourne shows the best work of the best stencil artists working in Melbourne, Australia. Intimate interviews, dynamic layouts and a riot of examples show the street artists in the context of world street art culture. Melbourne's walls are both canvases and meeting places for ideas, making it the hot-bed for stencil graffiti art.
Page Count: 160, Size: 8 1/4 x 10, Format: Illustrated in color throughout
Cover Price $28
by Caroline Archer & Alexandre Parré
Photography by Gilles Tondini
THE GRAFFITI ART of the tunnels and quarries beneath Paris is a mirror and memorial of the past 500 years. For generations, Parisians have created artwork starting with the French Revolution, the storming of the Bastille, Prussian and German soldiers, the Nazi occupation, Resistance workers, civilian and secret societies, the Cataphiles and the student and workers' strikes of the late 1960s.
Page Count: 192, Size: 8 x 91/2, Format: Case bound with dust jacket
Cover Price $35