Art or vandalism? Urban expressionism or urban blight? Whatever side of the fence you’re on, street art or graffiti usually elicits some strong reactions. That’s part of the reason why the good folks at Wooster Collective and TASCHEN Books have collaborated on “Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art.” (Cop it here.)
The book attempts to legitimate the artistic merits of a form by exploring its evolution from local outlaw art to hip global phenomenon. At 320 pages, it’s a comprehensive survey of the work from some 150 artists including Keith Haring, Barry McGee, Shepard Fairey and Os Gemeos, with an exclusive preface written by the world’s most (in)famous street artist, Banksy.
In the following video Wooster Collective cofounders Marc and Sara Schiller—with help from the book’s author Carlo McCormick, Creative Time‘s Anne Pasternak and others—explain how and why the whole project came about.
From local origins to international phenomenons, “Trespass” examines the rise and global reach of graffiti, urban reclamation, and unsanctioned artworks that despite worldwide popularity, remain “the problem child of cultural expression.” Made in collaboration and featuring uncommissioned works from some of the biggest names in the game including Jenny Holzer, Gordon Matta-Clark, Shepard Fairey, Banksy, Tony Serra, Billboard Liberation Front, Laura Keeble, John Naar, Thundercut, Faile, Judith Supine, Joshua Allen Harris, TXTual Healing, Ron English, Skewville, Elbow and many more who are also expected at the launch, “Trespass” also redefines coverage of a genre which is all too often painted over in the morning.Many of the featured artists will be present and happy to personalize your copy, along with the book’s curators, Marc and Sara Schiller of Wooster Collective, author Carlo McCormick of “Paper Magazine,” and editor Ethel Seno.This event is free and open to the public, but we kindly request that you RSVP by either email to store-ny(at)taschen.com or by phone 212.226.2212 as space and books will certainly be limited.