Aboves Passport: A Streetart Travelog in Bookform

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Streetartist Above hat mir letzte Woche sein Buch Passport geschickt, eine Retrospektive über sieben Jahre eines Künstlers auf Weltreise. Das Buch steigt ein mit seiner USA Tour 2004, seit dem ist der Bub' quasi nonstop auf Reisen und malt die Welt voll, mittlerweile in über 90 Städten in 60 Ländern. Seine Arbeiten habt ihr hier oder woanders garantiert schon gesehen. Oben das Cover und ein Video zum Dings, nach dem Klick noch ein paar Fotos, die ich eben auf die Schnelle geknippst habe. Mehr Infos und Previews zum Buch gibt's hier und hier.

ABOVE: PASSPORT examines the street artist that has blanketed the world with art covering over 90 cities in 60 countries. The book includes hundreds of plates and quotes from artists across the globe and introductory statements by Shepard Fairey, FAILE, Wooster Collective - Marc and Sara Schiller and Tristan Manco.

"I first encountered ABOVE’s art on the streets of Paris in early 2003. His large scale trademark arrows were painted on roll down gates, trucks and storefronts with impressive coverage throughout the city. ABOVE is extraordinarily driven. To paraphrase Radiohead, “ambition can make you look pretty ugly,” but in ABOVE’s case, his ambition makes the streets look very engaging. I am very impressed by ABOVE’s diligence, but after I got to know him and his artwork more, I began to realize that his output is not evidence of selfish ego, but of a lust for life, a utopian life, where his generosity, and curiosity, and his pursuit of creativity and social-consciousness have led him around the world making more friends than enemies.

ABOVE made the time to act as tour guide for me and my wife and our two young daughters in a city he knows well and we didn’t. The gesture made me greatly value ABOVE’s friendship and reinforced my belief that what you give is what you get. The Karma Police are not coming for ABOVE even if the police vandal squad is." ---Shepard Fairey, Los Angeles, California