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Book review: Trespass. A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art

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Taschen were kind enough to send us a copy of the new book, Trespass – A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art. First things first, the book is priced at £27.99 and worth every penny, add it to your Christmas list now.

Trespass is curated by Marc and Sara from Wooster Collective, and everyone knows their role in documenting street art since 2001. They’ve curated most of the contemporary images in the book, which presents a collection of images spanning the development and global reach of street and urban art from across the world

Inside, you’ll find key works from 150 artists, and the book connects four generations of visionary outlaws including Jean Tinguely, Spencer Tunick, Keith Haring, Os Gemeos, Jenny Holzer, Barry McGee, GordonMatta-Clark, Shepard Fairey, Blu, Billboard Liberation Front, Guerrilla Girls and Banksy, among others. We think the real beauty though, is the collection of previously unpublished photographs of long-lost works and urban artworks. These include images of work bu Haring, Basquiat and photos from Martha Cooper. The preface is provided by Banksy (apparently so…)

The book is definitely worthy of a purchase, if only to leaf through for all of the photos but unfortunately we’re not allowed to post any spreads from the book, but you can check out some spreads online here and buy the book here.

Pic credit: Gordon Matta-Clark, Window Blow-out, New York City, 1976 courtesy the estate of Gordon Matta-Clark and David Zwirner Gallery, New York, Generali Foundation Collection, Wien © 2010 VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

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