It looks like Taschen is about to publish the first street art book to seriously compete with Cedar Lewisohn’s Street Art. Ignoring an irrelevant cover image, Cedar’s book provided an overview of street art’s history and considered the art with the same level of seriousness that you might see in a book on Renaissance art. Now, Carlo McCormick (arguably the world’s foremost street art expert) has teamed up with Marc and Sara Schiller of Wooster Collective to write Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art. The book brings together what they consider to be four generations of street artists (150 artists in total). That means Trespass will have to go back to the artists seen in Allan Schwartzman’s Street Art book from 1985 (also an essential book for fans of street art history) like Gordon Matta-Clark and Jenny Holzer and then tie that to the present with artists like Blu. This is the street art book that I’ve been waiting for. Oh, and the book has an introduction by Banksy, so that’s pretty unique.
You can already check out some of Trespass on Taschen’s website, including Banksy’s hilariously ironic introduction which disses marketing.
Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art will be available sometime in September (Wooster will be hosting a launch party in NYC on the 28th)