Title: UNCOMMISSIONED ART
Author: DEW, CHRISTINE
This is an expertly designed and packaged title on a somewhat controversial topic- that of graffiti. The photographs are from all over Australia from Alice Springs to Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. This is the first book to look at graffiti and stencil art across Australia. There have been 2 other publications focusing on graffiti and stencil art recently, but all are Melbourne-centric.The book is beautifully illustrated and offers an insight into how graffiti and street artists work, the connections to international movements, in particular American subculture and how it has been adopted here.There are also artist profiles of Australia's internationally renowned artists.Graffiti, stencil and street art are increasingly seen as a potent artform worldwide and raises many questions about the nature of graffiti- is it vandalism? Is it art? How do we define art and is graffiti art or not?"Uncommissioned Art" also targets academic fields of interest, including cultural studies, policy makers in youth studies, urban planning, visual culture, public policy, criminology, art and contemporary culture, social environment and the built environment.
There's a broader picture of looking at how something once marginalised becomes mainstream, creating artists who can live off their art.