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  • The Legends of Hip Hopby Justin Bua

    HarperCollins 2012; Not Available

    Sweeping in its scope, The Legends of Hip Hop is an intimate look at the visionaries, the movers and the shakers, and the pioneers who have helped shape the world of hip hop. Groundbreaking artist Justin Bua profiles and paints fifty key figures, including everyone from Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash to President Obama and Jay-Z, providing... more...

  • Causing a Sceneby Charlie Todd; Alex Scordelis

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    A fake U2 concert. A deranged hypnotist. A book signing by a dead author. Welcome to the wild world of Improv Everywhere. From the infamous No Pants! Subway Ride to the legendary Grand Central Freeze, Improv Everywhere has been responsible for some of the most original and subversive pranks of the Internet age. In Causing a Scene , the group's... more...

  • The Word Made Fleshby Eva Talmadge; Justin Taylor

    HarperCollins 2010; Not Available

    A beautifully packaged full-color collection of literary tattoos and short personal essays, The Word Made Flesh is an intimate but anonymous confessional book, in the vein of thought-provoking anthologies like PostSecret and Not Quite What I Was Planning . Gorgeous photographs and candid commentary are collected by authors Eva Talmadge?whose short... more...

  • Ways Around Modernismby Stephen Bann

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 33.95

    Stephen Bann examines the arguments for the centrality of French modernist painting. He begins by focusing particularly on the notion of the modernist break, as it has been interpreted with regard to painters like Manet and Ingres. He argues that ?curiosity?, with its origins in the seventeenth-century world-view can be a valid concept for understanding... more...

  • The Art of Getting Overby Stephen Powers

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 8.99

    What started as simple street movement, a way to assert individuality and pride, has blossomed into much more: Graffiti is everywhere. From Sprite commercials to The Source magazine to Soho art galleries, the elements and vernacular of the graffiti aesthetic are apparent in today's society. The Art of Getting Over: Graffiti at the Millennium... more...

  • Mehndiby Loretta Roome

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 8.99

    Mehndi, the ancient art of painting on the skin with henna, beautifies the body, rejuvenates the spirit, and celebrates the joys of creativity and self-expression. More than just a temporary tattoo, mehndi offers us a way to participate in a centuries-old tradition still practiced in India, Africa, and the Middle East. In this stunning and authoritative... more...

  • Human Achievementby David Shrigley

    Chronicle Books LLC 2012; US$ 7.99

    Funny, urgent, bizarre, and honest pop artist David Shrigley's darkly hilarious scrawls from the subconscious have earned him a growing legion of fans around the world. Human Achievement collects new truths, anxieties, and amusements from the mundane to the surreal in an addictively strange and entertaining primer that welcomes the uninitiated and... more...

  • Sign Paintersby Faythe Levine; Sam Macon

    Princeton Architectural Press 2013; US$ 19.99

    There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl... more...

  • A Love Letter to the Cityby Stephen Powers

    Princeton Architectural Press 2014; US$ 19.99

    Stretched across city walls and along rooftops, Stephen Powers's colorful large-scale murals sneak up on you. "Open your eyes / I see the sunrise," "If you were here I'd be home," "Forever begins when you say yes." What at first looks like nothing as much as an advertisement suddenly becomes something grander and more mysterious?a hand-painted love... more...

  • Concrete Canvasby Lee Bofkin

    Octopus 2014; Not Available

    What happens when you look at graffiti and street art as unlimited art forms instead of urban phenomena? Concrete Canvas does just that; investigating the media the artists work with, the canvases they work on, the themes that arise through their work, and the way their art redefines the spaces in which it is set. Concrete Canvas is filled with... more...