Street Art


‘A concise and well-researched reference for an important movement – Armstrong’s insights will open your eyes’ Remi Rough


ISBN: 9780500294338 Category:

Simon Armstrong


Street Art is a phenomenon and subcultural movement that reaches from the darkest urban backstreets to the most glamorous international art fairs. Simon Armstrong examines how it evolved from its origins in the 1970s New York graffiti scene to embrace many new materials, styles and techniques along the way, tracing how this marginal art form graduated into art galleries and the art market, while also heavily influencing design, fashion, advertising and visual culture.

Despite having earned a place in the canon of 20th-century art history, Street Art’s qualifications are often disputed both by the art establishment and practitioners themselves, all concerned with notions of authenticity. Examining Street Art’s controversial history in detail, this book provides a full-colour worldwide journey, taking in all of the movement’s significant artists and artworks, styles, materials and methods, and showcasing the works that have come to define it more than any other. It also examines its close relationship to Pop Art and Digital Art, and explores possible futures for Street Art.

Additional information

Weight 401 g
Dimensions 14.2 x 21.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 19 September 2019
Number of pages 176
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 14.2 x 21.5 cm
Weight 401 g


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Simon Armstrong is an author, artist, agent, editor and book-buyer for Tate Modern, Tate Britain and Tate Liverpool. He has worked as a DJ, club promoter, Head of Retail at London's Design Museum. He is the author of Cool Art and Cool Architecture.