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 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.
En los últimos setenta, mientras trabajaba como reportera fotográfica para el New York Post, Martha Cooper comenzó a documentar en sus ratos libres las exhuberantes formas de juego que los niños desarrollaban en el por entonces totalmente desolado escenario de Alphabet City, en Manhattan.
“The situationists and the city” reune textos de crítica urbanística sacados en su mayoría de las publicaciones letristas y situacionistas, aunque incluye también autores afines como Lefebvre o como Chombart de Lauwe, uno de los fetiches del colectivo situacionista.
“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 More than fifty unpublished photographies in fifty-two full-colour pages.
17/2/2014 | I will be at Arco this wednesday to talk about the work of Egs.
15/1/2014 | The call for papers is open for the conference Urban Creativity, next July in Lisbon. I am pleased to be part of its honour committee.
12/12/2013 | This saturday I’ll be in Palma for a roundtable about art in public space.
21/10/2013 | The complete contents of the class on graffiti and street art I teach at the Universidad Complutense, as a free-access lecture series at Tabacalera, Madrid. Nineteen lectures, every tuesday at 20:30. First session: tuesday 29 october.
1/10/2013 | A selection of results of the 2011/2012 course of the graffiti and street art class I teach at Aranjuez, is online.
27/05/2013 | On graffiti and street art: the madrilenian legacy of the eighties. Tuesday 11 June, Burgos.