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On the Wall: Four Decades of Community Murals in New York City
by Janet Braun-Reinitz & Jane Weissman
This book published in February 2009 features the work of over 100 artists including several with portfolios on the site .. check it out!
John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres, Homage to the people of the Bronx: Double Dutch at Kelly Street 1, 1981-82, Bronx 12″ 60″ photo © Martha Cooper
Moses Ros, Festival 84, 1984, Manhattan, 15′ x 54′, © Moses Ros and estate of Keith Haring
Laura James, Behold How Good and How Pleasant It Is…, 1992, Brooklyn, 7′ x 7′
TATS Cru, Parents Against Police Brutality/RIP, 1995-96, Bronx, three walls: each 12′ x 4′
At the Bronx River Center ©Artmakers Inc., Stars of the Bronx, one of two walls, 1998, Bronx, 9′ x 36′ and 9′ x24′ (from left) Kristin Reed, Noah Jemison, Eva Cockcroft, A.G. Joe Stephenson, Catharine Cosin
TATS Cru, AIDS (Has a Cure… Education), 2003, Bronx, 14′ x 70′, photo © Martha Cooper
From the Publisher
Energizing the visual landscape since 1968, New York City’s community murals beautify, educate, protest, celebrate, and often motivate residents to action. Collaborations between artists and neighborhood groups, these painted walls reflect the social, cultural, and political climate of their times.
The result of six years of research and hundreds of interviews, On the Wall brings to light murals that were hitherto “lost” to history or unknown outside their immediate surroundings. Documenting six chronological periods, the book highlights significant murals and introduces the artists and sponsors that created them. In relating the many fascinating stories behind the murals, the authors describe the interactions between artists and residents–including the controversies that have led to the destruction of several notable murals.
Read more here in a piece from the Brooklyn Rail:
Nonfiction: Art on the Wall Inspires Duo by Eleanor J. Bader