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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.

The history of graffiti on trains in Madrid

The strong, punk-originated scene of indigenous graffiti, which dominated Madrid during the 1980s, delayed the local adoption of train graffiti culture. It was only in the 1990s that a train-writing scene took shape, one that, despite being only of secondary importance in the international arena, has introduced extreme behaviours.

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.

Subway art

“Subway art” es la biblia del graffiti. Cualquier acercamiento a esa cultura comienza necesariamente por su lectura, y por el visionado del documental “Style wars”, con el que comparte autor y contenido. Ambos documentos retratan el graffiti del metro de Nueva York en su momento álgido, diez años después de su explosión inicial.

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 More than fifty unpublished photographies in fifty-two full-colour pages.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.