Photos Courtesy of Wooster Collective.
When we heard that Marc and Sara Schiller, the creators of Wooster Collective, the website dedicated to street and graffiti art, were planning a book a couple of years ago, we knew it would be not be just another book on street art and couldn’t wait to check it out.
We were correct. Last week, they announced the release of their new book called “Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art,” edited by Ethel Seno who had worked with David LaChapelle on Heaven to Hell, written by Carolo McCormick, with Taschen as the publisher.
The genius of this book and what makes it stand out is how Carlo created themes rather than historic chapters to outline what urban art culture is all about. The running narrative is based around trespassing, with chapters such as Conquest of Space, Public Memory/Private Secrets, Magical Thinking, Deviant Signs, Free Art, and Contra-Consumerism, Environmental Reclamations, and so on. That alone gives you a sense that this book is also a statement regarding today’s society, advertising, marketing, culture jamming and why urban art is sprouting up to begin with.
Zevs–urban artist featured in the book. This is his piece with a McDonald’s logo in Paris France, 2005.
The book starts with a quote by Queen Mary: “My one regret in life is that I have never climbed over a fence.” And then moves into an Introduction by Banksy on the subject. Some 300 pages are filled with clever pieces of history and writing, covering 150 artists including Guerrilla Girls, Barry McGee, Shepard Fairey, Blu, Keith Haring, Banksy, and others.
It also includes rare or never before see photos of ephemeral art. None of the art illustrated in the book was commissioned, which keeps it real.
The cost is $39.99, with a launch date scheduled for September 28 in NYC (stay tuned for more information) and in Miami during Art Basil in December.