San Francisco on Thursday: event for new urban art book Trespass

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Our pals from the Billboard Liberation Front will make a rare public appearance at San Francisco's historic City Lights bookstore tomorrow, Thursday 2/17, at 7pm to celebrate the release of Trespass: A History Of Uncommissioned Urban Art from Taschen Books. Various other members of the prankster elite will be lurking in the shadows too! From the book description:
 Wp-Content Uploads 2011 02 TresspassMade in collaboration with featured artists, Trespass examines the rise and global reach of graffiti and urban art, tracing key figures, events and movements of self-expression in the city's social space, and the history of urban reclamation, protest, and illicit performance. The first book to present the full historical sweep, global reach and technical developments of the street art movement, Trespass features key works by 150 artists, and connects four generations of visionary outlaws including Jean Tinguely, Spencer Tunick, Keith Haring, Os Gemeos, Jenny Holzer, Barry McGee, Gordon Matta-Clark, Shepard Fairey, Blu, Billboard Liberation Front, Guerrilla Girls and Banksy, among others. It also includes dozens of previously unpublished photographs of long-lost works and legendary, ephemeral urban artworks.
"SF Book Release of Trespass At City Light Books, Feb 17"

Trespass: A History Of Uncommissioned Urban Art (Amazon)


  1. I had a chance to check out the Trespass book launch at the Taschen store in NYC back in September. It was different than a standard book launch/signing, and much cooler in my opinion. Because there are so many artists featured in the book, everyone was just wandering around the room, hanging out in little groups. There was no signing “line”, it was completely casual. The artists were all very friendly, and I just walked around asking them to sign my book, and chatting about their work. Every book signing should be as informal as this. It was possible to actually have a real conversation, as opposed to being forced along in a line, getting a signature and then leaving. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a broad picture of what’s going on in the graf/street art world right now.

    Here are some photos I took at the party (If you’ve never seen the Taschen space in NYC take a look, it has got to be the coolest looking book shop on the planet):

  2. That first image reminds me of the old HOTel cORAL esSEX gag from one of the Revenge of the Nerds movies. Never gets old, even if the movies didn’t age well.

  3. I hope it includes the Los Angeles Fine Arts Squad from the 60s and 70s and some of their ”lost” masterpieces.

  4. That must be a very old sign on the top. My mother was quite sad when the emporium went out of business.

  5. Aw fiddlesticks. I did my dang master’s thesis on those folks but I’m stuck teaching tonight so I won’t be able to be there before 9 or so. I hope some people will stick around late.

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