TRESPASS. A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art


Whether making a huge political statement or just trying to brighten up an otherwise dull lump of concrete, nothing quite beats a well placed bit of graffiti does it?

Much as I love spending time in a nice big art gallery, when placed in an urban setting the combined surprise and joy created by setting your eyes upon a rebelliously placed piece of artwork wins hands down when it comes to making a lasting impression. In fact I can still recall the words sprayed upon the large wall approaching Piccadilly train station from several years ago that never failed to make me smile which read: “The Don loves TV” and “Who is Mick Middles?“. In a similar spirit comes the readers edition of Taschen’s Trespass. A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art which features key works by 150 artists who have collectively been upsetting council clean-up departments around the globe for the past fifty years. As well as fellow culture vultures this book should also be mandatory reading for anyone who thinks that a shit squiggle crudely placed on a bus stop/desk/bog wall is worthy of public attention. Read this and up your game/tag.

Buy a copy HERE.






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