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Action Painting - Bringing Art to the Trains
Kristian Kutschera:
Action Painting
Bringing Art to the Trains
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Action Painting shows the abstractness of our values in society and the art market, as featured artists on one side earn thousands of Euros for small canvases in the galleries and on the other side are prosecuted like terrorists for painting freely without permission. Some perfect example for this are featured artists OS GÊMEOS or NUNCA. Being hunted at night — while they are asked to have exhibitions in the most renowned galleries around the globe.
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All works presented in this book are no longer existent. Gone for good, washed off the side of the train, sometimes only hours after their creation. What remains is a little photo. A last glimpse of what to create took much skill, courage, determination and the risk of paying big fines or even going to jail for it. The fate of that little photo is often to end up in a shoe box hidden for the constant fear of criminal prosecution.

The authors of Action Painting have brought many of these photos back to the light and have created the most comprehensive collection of art created on Europe’s transit systems until today. They present the highlights of what has been painted in the past quarter century. The task had much of a treasure hunt, as it was a long chain of conspiratorial contacts which in the end lead to unmarked packages that would arrive, containing the sought after photos.

25 years ago the release of the iconic book Subway Art by Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant sparked the flame of painting trains on this side of the Atlantic. While train graffiti died in New York it continues to flourish on Europe’s trains and freed itself not only stylistically from its origins to create the most diverse forms of expressions.

Action Painting is not just another graffiti book. Just as Banksy’s Wall and Piece gave people an easy access to the street art world, this title gives outsiders a profound insight on the adventures, the techniques, the ethics and the passion behind these humourus, radical, sometimes political or straight typographical pieces of art.

216 pages, Paperback, 8 1/4'' x 10 1/4'' (210 x 260 mm)
color illustrations throughout, English
ISBN: 978-3-939566-25-0 $ 39.95
About the Author:
Kristian Kutschera
Kristian Kutschera lives in Hamburg, Germany and works since more than ten years as photographer, art director and journalist for vaious German magazines, such as Blond Magazine, WOM magazine, JOY, Backspin, Complex, and Greenpeace Magazine.

At the age of 16 he began painting graffitis and has experienced and documented the scene ever since.

See also:

International Topsprayer: Moses & Taps
International Topsprayer:
Moses & Taps
Taps & Moses have been two of the post prolific graffiti writers in Europe for years. More recently, between 2008 to 2010, using their collective moniker “Topsprayer,” they painted 1000 trains in 1000 days. more...

Backflashes: Graffiti Tales
Backflashes: Graffiti Tales
Former graffiti writer and founding member of the Montana Writer Team, Ruedione retired the spraycan some years back, picking up a camera in its place. These pictures portray not only the forms, letters and characters, but also of the moments, emotions and impressions that are integral to the act of writing graffiti. more...

Burning New York
Burning New York
A companion volume to Broken Win­dows, Burning New York showcases the best large-scale graffiti pieces documented over a five year period from 2001 – 2006. more...

Broken Windows: Graffiti NYC
Broken Windows: Graffiti NYC
The book documents the flowering of the graffiti movement of the post-train era. This newly revised 2010 edition has been completely redesigned with 70 more pages and many new photo­graphs from the era. more...
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GINGKO PRESS | STREET ART GRAFFITI BOOK | ISBN-13: 9783939566250 | ISBN-10: 3-939566-25-X / 393956625X