Trespass: Uncommissioned Public Art

Updates from and letters to the editor

Artists in the book

I’ve posted the full list of contributors under ~List of Artists on the side panel

Above, Vito Acconci, Adams & Itso, John Ahearn, Aiko, Alëxone, Anti-Advertising Agency, Armsrock, Nele Azevedo, Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat (SAMO), Bast, Dan Bergeron, Billboard Liberation Front, Blade, Blek le Rat, Blind, Blu, Chaz Bojorquez, Brassaï, Brave New Alps / Fabio Franz, Bruce High Quality Foundation, bs.as.stencil, Paolo Buggiani, buZ blurr, C215, Graziano Cecchini, Linus Coraggio, Cornbread, COST, Crateman, Cum*, CutUp, D*Face, Zhang Dali, Konstantin Danilov, DC Gecko, The Decapitator, DOMA, Dondi, Brad Downey, Amanda Eicher, Eine, Elbow-Toe, Eltono, Ron English, Jason Eppink, Erosie, ESPO, Ethos, Evereman, Fafi, Faile, Shepard Fairey, John Fekner, Cayetano Ferrer, Chris ‘Freedom’ Pape, Futura, Anna Garfourth, Ghost Bike Project, Graffiti Research Lab, Alex Grey, Group Material, Guerilla Girls, Guerrilla Gardening, Tyree Guyton, Richard Hambleton, David Hammons, Paul Harfleet, Keith Haring, Joshua Allen Harris, Ellen Harvey, Ken Hiratsuka, Hitotzuki / Kami & Sasu, Abbie Hoffman, Jenny Holzer, Becky Howland, Tehching Hsieh, Improv Everywhere, Influenza, Invader, Mark Jenkins, Jeroen Jongeleen (Influenza), JR, KAWS, Laura Keeble, Know Hope, Kim Köster, Joey Krebs, Krink, Barbara Kruger, Tseng Kwong Chi, Tony Labat, Steve Lambert, Ji Lee, Mischa Leinkauf, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Lister, The London Police, Martin Luther, Masquerade, Gordon Matta-Clark, Brennan McGaffey, Barry McGee (Twist), M-City / Mariusz Waras, Ann Messner, Kathryn Miller, Filippo Minelli, Miss Van, Miss.Tic, Peter Missing, Momo, Monochrom, Monster Project, Nuria Mora, Mr A, Harald Naegeli (Sprayer of Zurich), Jack Napier, NeckFace, Nick Walker, Paul Notzold, Object Orange, Dennis Oppenheim, Alexander Orion, Os Gemeos, Tom Otterness, p.t.t.red, PAD/D, The Pansy Project, Philippe Petit, Ernest Pignon Ernest, Posterchild, Provo, Adam Purple, Lee Quinones, Rebar, Reclaim the Streets, Leon Reid IV, REVS, Richard Reynolds, Duke Riley, Roadsworth, Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, Michael Roman, Jerry Rubin, Christy Rupp, Sam3, Magna Sayeg, Charles Simonds, Joey Skaggs, Skewville, Skullphone, Slinkachu, Smith & Sane, Shannon Spanhake, Gabriel Specter, Sprinkle Brigade, Chris Stain, Tobias Starke, C.R. Stecyk, stikman, SupaKitch, Judith Supine, Swoon, Thundercut, Jean Tinguely, Edina Todoki / Mosstika, Krystian ‘Truth’ Czaplicki, Spencer Tunick, Anton van Dalen, JJ Veronis, Vinchen, Vómito Attack, DAVe Warnke, David Wells, Matthias Wermke, Hans Winkler, Dan Witz, WK, Krzysztof Wodiczko, David Wojnarowicz, The Yes Men, ZASD, ZEVS, Zezão

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Behind the scenes


We finalized captions and credits for type-setting this week. Those of you who have worked on books before already know how tedious each step to print can be — we’re loving it with the extended info all together on the pages, finally!

The other great news is that Trespass will be released worldwide in six languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. It’s a milestone for the first printing of any title, and the official subtitle is A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art.

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Teaser 6

Some more historical photos follow for you to preview Trespass, from the chapters Urban Folk, Deviant Signs, and Conquest of Space:


Harald Naegeli, Cologne, 1981, Photo: Hubert Maessen


Jean-Michel Basquiat / SAMO, New York City, c. 1980, Photo: Lisa Kahane


COST, New York City, 1992


Futura, Dondi, London, 1982, Photo: Janette Beckman


Jean Tinguely, Paris, 1960, Courtesy Museum Tinguely


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Teaser 5

The search for many of our images did not conclude until the last rounds of editing, what we were able to fit in, to define the limits of Trespass. One of our biggest challenges was how to divide the images into chapters, and one of my favorites is the RTS photo by Julia Guest, as an example of “Environmental Reclamations”: Under the hooped skirt, Reclaim the Streets plant trees in the fast lane of the M41 highway, London. More on each to come in the book.


Duke Riley, ‘After the Battle of Brooklyn’, New York City, 2007


Graziano Cecchini, Rome, 2007, Photo: Antonio Amendola


Reclaim the Streets, London, 1996, Photo: Julia Guest


Hans Winkler, ‘p.p.t.red in Disneyland’, Anaheim, 2001

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It’s looking good

After the last two weeks in New York City to make final changes to Taschen’s Trespass dummy with the authors, and thanks to the designer Josh Baker, it’s looking better and better as we take the final steps to production.
The photo you see shows the unfinalized, drafted concept for the cover with Gordon Matta Clark’s Window Blowout from 1976. We hope that keeps you curious as much of the work in Trespass is to get past preconceived notions about the graffiti and Street Art, for fans and newcomers to the subject.
When I think about the work that goes into the organization and presentation of material to reflect a book’s contents — the way the sweeping variety of ideas and information interact — I think that’s what makes Trespass special, and unexpected. The collaborations certainly make the whole, and we couldn’t do with any less in bringing together this volume!
With 320 pages, and 32cm or 12.5in in height, it’s finally a good-sized book.

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Release Updated 2010

It’s a new year for Trespass, and I’m looking forward to review Taschen’s hard work on the layout and design this next week. We’re excited to see what they envision as the final look of the book, as it will reach you. We’re working for an updated data out of June 15th; book releases will follow with freight around the world to make for a busy fall as we continue to get a fresh way of seeing “uncommissioned public art” out there.
In the meantime, I had a chance to catch up with Illegal/Legal author Hans Winkler, who reminded me it’s good to have partners in crime; an interview I did with Martha Cooper in the art street journal on the mural projects in Miami was well-received; and in Los Angeles last week, I stopped by Mike Roman’s exhibit — he was one of the early stencil artists in New York influenced by the Latin American tradition in the eighties, who’s work appears in a Madonna video from then. Besides Mark Jenkins show to see, Miss Van has an show opening with Victor Castillo this weekend.
It seems everyone is getting busy to make it a good year!
More on the design to come. To inspire, I re-watched the incredible documentary Man on Wire about the tight-roper walker Philip Petite, who is included in Trespass. It connects many important themes such as bank robberies to think about.

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Historical Teaser 4

A couple images on my mind since Miami last week. It was great learn how to drive a tractor lift, and spend time with Carlo, Martha Cooper, and the many artists who flew out for the mural projects and graffitti events during Art Basel.


Cornbread, ‘Grandfather of Graff’, Philadelphia, 1972


Lee Quinones, New York City, 1981, Photo: Martha Cooper


Becky Howland, ‘Grass Arches’, New York City, 1970s


Barry McGee, San Francisco, 1993, Photo: KRINK


Ron English, Billboard, 1990s

Will be previewing some more contemporary work in the next Trespass post. Thanks for checking back at the end of each week.

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Historical Teaser 3

As I’ve been thinking about “controversy” lately, here’s a selection of some more political material Trespass has of course not shied away from.
I remember talking to Barabara Kruger early on in the research, who said, “There was so much more at stake for us.”


Situationiste Slogan, ‘Beneath the pavement, the beach‘, Paris, 1968


Billboard Liberation Front, “Shit Happens”, 1989


Peter Missing, New York City, 1980s, Photo: Clayton Patterson


Barbara Kruger, “Pope Fetus II”, New York City, 1989


Joey Krebs aka Phantom Street Artist, Los Angeles, 1990s, Photo: Anthony Freidkin

Please note these historical images are a selection among hundreds of contemporary images featured in Trespass: Uncommissioned Public Art

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In Miami

Looking forward to being in Miami November 30 – December 7th to assist friends paint and document the Wynwood Walls mural project that opens with Art Basel Miami Beach on December 3rd. Please do drop me a line for Trespass updates in person if you’re there for the art fairs this year.

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Historical Teaser 2

More Trespass highlights, these photos from 1980s New York City.
Note all images featured in previews may not appear in the printed book.


Crash & John Fekner, New York City, Photo: Lisa Kahane


David Wojnarowicz, “Burning House”, New York City, Courtesy PPOW


Keith Haring, New York City, 1982, Photo: Tseng Kwong Chi


Jean-Michael Basquiat, New York City, 1982, Photo: Martha Cooper


David Hammons, “Blizzard Ball Sale”, New York City, 1983


Richard Hambleton, New York City, 1982, Photo: Franc Palaia


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