Asphalt Renaissance: The Pavement Art and 3-D Illusions of Kurt Wenner

Asphalt Renaissance: The Pavement Art and 3-D Illusions of Kurt Wenner

by Kurt Wenner, B Hansen, M Hospodar
     
 

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Asphalt Renaissance is a brilliant account of the rebirth and re-imagining of the art of street painting by top artist Kurt Wenner. He revolutionized this tradition by creating a technique for drawing on pavement in 3-D. This system enables him to craft astounding images that reach out of the ground toward the viewer and appear perilously deep. Wenner hasSee more details below

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Asphalt Renaissance is a brilliant account of the rebirth and re-imagining of the art of street painting by top artist Kurt Wenner. He revolutionized this tradition by creating a technique for drawing on pavement in 3-D. This system enables him to craft astounding images that reach out of the ground toward the viewer and appear perilously deep. Wenner has traveled the world over and his incredible art is both a global and an Internet phenomenon.

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Publishers Weekly
Throughout the ages there have been spectacles of temporary art, in which entire cities were transformed with triumphal arches, obelisks, fountains, newly painted buildings, and trompe l'oeil walls. During these celebrations, street painters worked in chalk, sawdust, colored glass, birdseed, sand, and even flowers, producing temporary works which only lasted for the duration of the festival. The annual competition at Grazie de Curtatone, near Mantua, which has become the home of pavement art, is where the Santa Barbara-born, classically trained Wenner discovered his calling. In 1982, Wenner first discovered street painting when he arrived in Italy to expand his studies. Here, he relates the story of how he developed into the world's best-known pavement artist, adopting a non-linear perspective into his art. Employing techniques once used in cathedrals and palaces, his pictures make you feel as if you're falling into them. These anamorphic pictures have changed the world of street painting and expanded its reach from small towns in Italy to cities from Japan to the U.S. Extensive illustrations of his work will lead readers to marvel, and perhaps seek out one of the exhibitions or competitions now found across the globe. (Aug.)
Steven Heller
Asphalt Renaissance is an art book, with startling color photos of the work in situ, often with observers standing around providing context. But it is also a process book.
—The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402771262
Publisher:
Sterling Signature
Publication date:
08/02/2011
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
882,638
Product dimensions:
8.01(w) x 9.93(h) x 0.95(d)

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