Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sunday's Quote

Sunday's Quote

"For I do not want my book to be read carelessly" writen by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Since, I'm reading "The little Prince" again... LOL. I was looking for all the quotes from this author and this one caught my eyes.

I guess I don't want it either for mine. A real book or a more figurative one. It's always sad when someone don't look at you properly or doesn't invest its time to discover or be curious about your inside book.

And when someone does that, the minutes you share together are priceless.
But anyway...

So, I was enjoying a walk in the park near my home today, when I've spotted a lovely place to draw and to think. A quiet piece of grass, where I was able to watch the people around as well as enjoy the strange forms of the clouds. Love doing the guessing game! :-D

After I've finished this drawing (or more like a strange soon to be erased typo), I've discovered cool flowers on my way back.

I don't know their names but I can tell you that the red rose was awesome. Nothing fancy about her, not a lot of petals but...Men!
She was stunning. A vivid red like fresh blood. Couldn't stop by without taking a picture.

I may not be hiking, climbing or seeing extraordinary landscapes this summer but the clouds, the trees, the dragonflies and this red rose, like the one from the "Little Prince", made me smile. And I thought of you and the simple pleasures of the universe. Thanks for this smile, even if you don't know you've put it on my face. ;-)

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Uptown & Downtown by Alan Bortman

Uptown & Downtown: Old Skool Paintings on NYC Subway Maps by Alan Bortman
New York graffiti writers who cut their teeth painting trains in the '70s and '80s transfer Old Skool street art to a more permanent, collectible medium in this book, using transit maps, instead of subway cars, as canvases. 

GHOST, T-KID, QUIK, REVOLT, BLADE, SHAME125, COPE2, SKEME, and others decorated ordinary 23" x 32" MTA maps with their personal tags and graphics echoing the heyday of New York train graffiti. 

Sixteen sections, one for each writer, feature a total of more than 100 maps, as well as brief statements about the painters' artistic evolution and style. Like a dynamic "piece book," or sketchbook, this collection is an exclusive sampling of the painters' signature strokes and tags in portable form. 

In fact, many of the artists featured here have used subway-map art as a springboard from the fleeting genre of train-tagging to the sturdier platform of the international art gallery circuit."

Full of great graffitis !

If you like street art and graffiti, you will appreciate this book. It let a huge place to the art. Lot of pieces bought by private buyers are offered to your eyes and they are impressive.

If the art is well shown off, I would have liked to know more about the artists. Sure, there is a bio but a very short one. Like the sobriety of the design but I would have loved more words.
Idem for the introduction to the graffiti on the NYC transit system. I like to read, even if the illustrations are awesome.

Perfect, if you want to enjoy only the art.

*Arc provided by Edelweiss
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.