I had high expectations for this book. I was disappointed. The ‘street art’ ranged from professionally produced posters to poorly-lettered scratches on a wall. Most of the art was simply stenciled-on images of Bush or of a cartoon like bomb. There was an utter lack of creativity or insight in most of the street art.

The textual commentary seemed often to be written by someone who is not very closely in touch with the history of the past 50 years, and who, amazingly, seems not to be well informed about contemporary popular culture. There were many errors of interpretation.

I can’t think of any reason to recommend this book.



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Metadata Info

  • Title: Street Art and the War on Terror: How the World’s Best Graffiti Artists Said No to the Iraq War
  • Author: Xavier Tapies
  • Published: 2007
  • ISBN: 095533988X
  • Buy: Amazon search
  • Check out: Seattle library
  • Rating: 1.0 stars