The Beautiful Walls by Patrick A. Polk
Photographic Elevations of Street Art in Los Angeles, Berlin, and Paris

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Graffiti is a forceful way of inscribing presence or "being" in the world as well as a means of creating affective links to the potency of natural wonders, religious shrines, and ancient ruins as well as the contemporary cityscape. The photographic elevations presented in this volume represent a graffiti-punctuated pilgrim's progress built around the aesthetics of defacement. Graffiti- and mural-covered walls, buildings, automobiles, and railcars are the artful wonders, the vibrant shrines, and the dynamic ruins that structured Larry Yust's pilgrimage to some of the most famed metropolitan centers of the world. He has brought back panoramic souvenirs; vistas that let us be there in a way that is perhaps better than being there. This book celebrates the artistry and audacity of the taggers and uncommissioned muralists who decorate and deface contemporary cities.
 

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Photographer and filmmaker Larry Yust lives in LosAngeles. Patrick Polk is a curator at the FowlerMuseum at UCLA.
 
Published November 1, 2010 by Fowler Museum at UCLA. 100 pages
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction

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On the painted walls and pavements of Crenshaw Boulevard, Coachella, the Gare St. Lazare, and the Berlin Wall, Yust finds expressions of individuality, social and political commentary, inadvertently beautiful decay, and outsider art—as in the case of Leonard Knight, who transformed the land sur...

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