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Aerosol Kingdom: Subway Painters of New York City
by Ivor Miller
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi 2001
Category: Non-fictionTransit20th centuryPhotography/Art/Design
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Derided as graffiti by outsiders, hailed as "writing" by the artists themselves, spray-can art glowed as a whole new art genre in the 1970s. Its practitioners made New York City's subway cars their moving canvas. Though helpless in checking its spreading appeal, city fathers immediately went on the attack and denounced it as vandalism. Many aficionados, however, recognized its trendy aesthetic immediately. By the 1980s spraypaint art had hit the mainstream, and subway painters, mostly from marginal barrios of the city, became art world darlings. The creative period of the movement has lasted for over twenty years, but most of the original works have vanished. Official cleanup of public sites erased great pieces of the heyday. They exist now only in photographs and in the artists' sketchbooks. Filled with illustrations and insights, Aerosol Kingdom is the story of the flowering of this period when creative vandalism made its ineffaceable mark.

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GREAT BOOK!!! - March 23rd, 2005
this book was great and i enjoyed all of the history. Buy this book if you want to learn about the history of spraypainting.

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