Publisher: Random House UK
Graffiti artist Banksy decorates streets, walls, bridges and zoos of towns and cities throughout the world. His identity remains unknown but his work is witty, subversive and prolific. And now, he’s put together the best of his work in a fully illustrated colour volume.
Author: Will Ellsworth-Jones
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
While hiding from the limelight, Banksy has made himself into one of the world's best-known living artists. His pieces have fetched millions of dollars at prestigious auction houses. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his film Exit Through the Gift Shop. Once viewed as vandalism, his work is now venerated; fans have gone so far as to dismantle the walls that he has painted on for collection and sale. But as famous as Banksy is, he is also utterly unknown—he conceals his real name, hides his face, distorts his voice, and reveals his identity to only a select few. Who is this man that has captivated millions? How did a graffiti artist from Bristol, England, find himself at the center of an artistic movement? How has someone who goes to such great lengths to keep himself hidden achieved such great notoriety? And is his anonymity a necessity to continue his vandalism—or a marketing tool to make him ever more famous? Now, in the first ever full-scale investigation of the artist, reporter Will Ellsworth-Jones pieces together the story of Banksy, building up a picture of the man and the world in which he operates. He talks to his friends and enemies, those who knew him in his early, unnoticed days, and those who have watched him try to come to terms with his newfound fame and success. And he explores the contradictions of a champion of renegade art going to greater and greater lengths to control his image and his work. Banksy offers a revealing glimpse at an enigmatic figure and a riveting account of how a self-professed vandal became an international icon—and turned the art world upside down in the process.
Author: Gary Shove, Banksy, Patrick Potter
Publisher: Carpet Bombing Culture
This title collects the works of one of the most succesful and well-known street artists ever, Banksy.
The first incendiary collection of stencils and graffiti from Banksy, presented and bound in a handy pocket sized high quality format. Rarely have art and politics been put to such fine, and overtly public, use. Mix the irony and juxtaposition of John Yates with the beauty of the finest aerosol art, and you'll have some idea of how good this really is. The reproductions are interspersed with an excellent array of quotes, statements, letters and a beginners guide to painting with stencils. Very, very good.
Walk Through Walls
Author: Marina Abramovic
Publisher: Crown Archetype
“I had experienced absolute freedom—I had felt that my body was without boundaries, limitless; that pain didn’t matter, that nothing mattered at all—and it intoxicated me.” In 2010, more than 750,000 people stood in line at Marina Abramović’s MoMA retrospective for the chance to sit across from her and communicate with her nonverbally in an unprecedented durational performance that lasted more than 700 hours. This celebration of nearly fifty years of groundbreaking performance art demonstrated once again that Marina Abramović is truly a force of nature. The child of Communist war-hero parents under Tito’s regime in postwar Yugoslavia, she was raised with a relentless work ethic. Even as she was beginning to build an international artistic career, Marina lived at home under her mother’s abusive control, strictly obeying a 10 p.m. curfew. But nothing could quell her insatiable curiosity, her desire to connect with people, or her distinctly Balkan sense of humor—all of which informs her art and her life. The beating heart of Walk Through Walls is an operatic love story—a twelve-year collaboration with fellow performance artist Ulay, much of which was spent penniless in a van traveling across Europe—a relationship that began to unravel and came to a dramatic end atop the Great Wall of China. Marina’s story, by turns moving, epic, and dryly funny, informs an incomparable artistic career that involves pushing her body past the limits of fear, pain, exhaustion, and danger in an uncompromising quest for emotional and spiritual transformation. A remarkable work of performance in its own right, Walk Through Walls is a vivid and powerful rendering of the unparalleled life of an extraordinary artist.
Author: Elen Ghulam
Nelly divides her workdays into two chunks: before lunch, she hacks into high-profile websites to install lavish graphical designs-her own brand of digital graffiti; and after lunch, she clocks hours performing the nauseatingly boring tasks of her mundane job. But when the multitudes read political and social messages into her art/vandalism, Nelly discovers that the adoration of her new fans offers a more jarring prospect than ridicule. Graffiti Hack is a story of impossible contradictions.
The Glass Castle
Author: Jeannette Walls
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.
DIVAn authoritative guide to the most significant artists, schools, and styles of street art and graffiti around the world/div
Author: Nicholas Ganz, Tristan Manco
A graffiti book with over 2,000 pictures of artworks from more than 180 international artists. It combines the author's first-hand experiences with quotes from the artists themselves to offer an insiders perspective of the key trends and style developments that have made graffiti a global phenomenon.
Author: Xavier Tapies
Publisher: Gingko Press
Where s Banksy? fully captures the artist s exploits around the world with clever chronologically-arranged maps. The only survey that looks at Banksy s entire street art career, from his earliest works in 2002 through Dismaland and to the present, with photos and in-depth analysis of the history and meaning of each work. Banksy s public persona has grown to mythic proportions, making his actual identity irrelevant. And yet, he can be found in his art - stylized social commentary for the masses. This book is the ultimate introduction to the work of this brilliant artist and social pioneer.
This Is Not a Photo Opportunity is a street-level, full-color showcase of some of Banksy’s most innovative pieces ever. Banksy, Britain’s now-legendary “guerilla” street artist, has painted the walls, streets, and bridges of towns and cities throughout the world. Once viewed as vandalism, Banksy’s work is now venerated, collected, and preserved. Over the course of a decade, Martin Bull has documented dozens of the most important and impressive works by the legendary political artist, most of which are no longer in existence.
A haunting gothic tale by master mysery writer John Bellairs--soon to be a major motion picture starring Cate Blanchett and Jack Black! "The House With a Clock in Its Walls will cast its spell for a long time."--The New York Times Book Review When Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan. comes to stay with his uncle Jonathan, he expects to meet an ordinary person. But he is wrong. Uncle Jonathan and his next-door neighbor, Mrs. Zimmermann, are both magicians! Lewis is thrilled. At first, watchng magic is enough. Then Lewis experiments with magic himself and unknowingly resurrects the former owner of the house: a woman named Serenna Izard. It seems that Serenna and her husband built a timepiece into the walls--a clock that could obliterate humankind. And only the Barnavelts can stop it!
Banksy in New York
Author: Ray Mock
"The city is in play. How did we end up here? What were we thinking? We spent hours refreshing news feeds, trading rumors and locations, calling in sick at work and wandering through every part of New York. For the entire month of October, 2013, our days were bookended by the urgent desire to leave our houses in order to rediscover our city from different angles and the desperate knowledge that this was all ephemeral, that we could blink and miss it. What was the point of it all? and what's that thing over there by the wall? Is that a Banksy? Ah, no, nevermind. Couldn't help noticing it though. Banksy in New York features many such questions and few answers. You will be no wiser for reading this book. But perhaps you will want to go outside and explore a bit."--P.  of cover.
Urban Art Legends
Publisher: LOM Art
From being spray-painted onto walls and trains, to enjoying acclaim in galleries and museums, the graffiti movement has changed. Far from being viewed as mindless vandalism, graffiti, or urban street art, has become prized as a highly valued and socially relevant art form. Renowned graffiti artist KET selects 38 of the most influential and pioneering urban artists from around the world who have driven this transformation. Alongside selections of their artwork, KET explores their mediums, methods and backgrounds, and why they've chosen to challenge classical ideas of art to convey messages about urban culture. From well-known names such as Banksy, Shepard Fairey and Blek le Rat to superstars of the underground movement, these are artists who have moved far away from the clichéd lettering and tags to develop individual styles that reflect and critique modern life. Urban Art Legends is the perfect companion for anyone wanting to learn more about this vibrant, exciting and constantly evolving art form.