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Published on the occasion of the first major survey of Barry McGee’s work, this monumental volume records more than two decades of incredible fecundity, over the course of which McGee has pioneered a new iconography of sharp street vitality and graphic snap. McGee began as a graffiti artist on the streets of San Francisco, working under such tags as Ray Fong, Twist and Twisto, and his work since then has hugely expanded the terms of both street art and contemporary art. The freshness of McGee’s work stems in part from his virtuoso handling and consolidation of a whole panoply of influences, from hobo art, sign painting and graffiti to comics, Beat literature and much else. His extraordinary skill as a draughtsman is energized by his insistence on pushing at the parameters of art--his work can be shockingly informal in the gallery and surprisingly elegant on the street--and by his keen nose for social malaise. This volume revisits McGee’s most influential installations in art spaces, and considers the evolution of his aesthetic within institutional settings. Previously unseen photographs by Craig Costello document the artist’s work on the streets of San Francisco in the early 90s, highlighting the contributions of his friends and mentors. Also included are images from the artist’s famous slide lecture, compiled and refined over the past 20 years, and an oral history of the Bay Area’s Mission School by McGee’s friends, mentors and collaborators. Featuring 450 images, including many never before published, the book is designed by the artist in collaboration with Conny Purtill. Strongly suggested!
Ben Osborne, editor in chief of SLAM Magazine, has created a new book about sneaker culture titled Slam Kicks: Basketball Sneakers that Changed the Game. The 208-page paperback book features 250 color illustrations of some of the most important sneakers to ever touch the hardwood, from Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars and Nike Air Jordan 1s, to Puma Clydes and the Nike Air Max CB2. The 33 pairs are organized chronologically for the most part, with essays by Scoop Jackson, Lang Whitaker, John Brilliant, and Russ Bengtson included in the mix. Slam Kicks isn't encyclopedic in scope, but it does provide extensive information about the nearly three dozen pairs that fill its pages, and the players and teams that made them important. Yes, Michael Jordan is well represented, and Kobe, Penny, and Lebron make appearances, but it's the inclusion of people like Charles Barkley, Dee Brown, Rick Barry, George Gervin, Walt Frazier, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar that makes this book legit.