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Graffiti or street art: Julio 204 and Daniel Buren in 1968

Although graffiti and street art are different games, with different practitioners and audiences, both are often perceived by the general public as parts of the same thing. This text looks at the earliest cases in both currents to investigate the aspects that define and separate them, and offers also a brief introduction to the illegal street work that founded the career of French artist Daniel Buren.

What does graffiti have to do with hip hop?

About ten years after its inception around 1970, graffiti culture started to be arbitrarily linked with hip hop, a concept coined by the media merely to facilitate the commercialization of graffiti and other contemporary cultures. This artificial link is still seen in the media, and therefore also in the mainstream view of graffiti.

Spraycan art

Animado por el inesperado éxito de “Subway art”, Henry Chalfant se asoció con el fotógrafo especializado en murales James Prigoff en un viaje por diversas ciudades de Estados Unidos, Europa y Oceanía, con la intención de documentar la expansión mundial del graffiti que el libro, en gran medida, había provocado.

Urban recreation

Aparte de algunos libros de artista de edición muy limitada, este pequeño volumen es lo único que el polifacético Akay ha publicado sobre su obra. Recoge varios proyectos ejecutados en Estocolmo, a dúo con el también sueco Peter, entre 2003 y 2006.

Publishing

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Eltono: Deambular

October 2012 | 6 × 8" | 52 pages

“Deambular” has been the first solo exhibition in a Spanish museum by an artist whose career originated in the street art scene. Produced by a team who has closely followed the artist for the whole of the hectic production process, this monograph documents the project in depth. More than fifty unpublished photographies in fifty-two full-colour pages.

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Talk and workshop in Valencia

3/5/2016 | Next friday 20th I will run a guided tour through ignored parts of the city.

Cultures of graffiti: seminar in Fuerteventura

26/3/2016 | Ten hours of theory class about New York graffiti and other graffiti cultures. April 11 to 14th. Free entrance.

Graffiti as calligraphy: talk and workshop in Madrid

26/2/2016 | A theory and practice session about graffiti as calligraphy: history, tools, materials, uses, traditions.

Roundtable in Madrid

22/2/2016 | “High and low culture: do they take us to different places?”. Sunday February 28th. Free entrance.

Understanding graffiti: free seminar in Madrid

15/1/2016 | Nine hours of theory and debate. Free, at the Fine Arts Faculty UCM.

Roundtable in Madrid

20/11/2015 | This afternoon we will speak again about the differences between street art and murals.