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Photography by Larry Yust
Text by Patrick A. Polk
“Readers will find something new each time they unfold the panels.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review
Graffiti is a forceful way of inscribing presence or “being” in the world as well as a means of creating affective links to the potency of natural wonders, religious shrines, and ancient ruins as well as the contemporary cityscape. The photographic elevations presented in this volume represent a graffiti-punctuated pilgrim’s progress built around the aesthetics of defacement. Graffiti- and mural-covered walls, buildings, automobiles, and railcars are the artful wonders, the vibrant shrines, and the dynamic ruins that structured Larry Yust’s pilgrimage to some of the most famed metropolitan centers of the world. He has brought back panoramic souvenirs; vistas that let us be there in a way that is perhaps better than being there. This book celebrates the artistry and audacity of the taggers and uncommissioned muralists who decorate and deface contemporary cities.
Photographer Larry Yust lives in Los Angeles. Patrick A. Polk is curator of Latin American and Caribbean popular arts at the Fowler Museum at UCLA.