Chicago Street Art Book Release and Signing 5/13 at CUAS

Chicago Street Art Book Release and Signing
Featured at Chicago Street Art Show May 13th at Chicago Urban Art Society

Street Art stands as a bold, subversive and passionate form of expression. The practice of this medium involves working completely outside the normal expectations of what art is and what it can provide for a viewer.  Chicago Street Artists offer unique unassuming public artworks that: challenge ideas, define politics, and adds a beautiful character to the cityscape.  However, nearly all evidence of this history has been purposely erased.

As an author, Depre, has spent the last five years globe-trotting, writing, and photo documenting Street Art around the world.  This new volume is a first for Chicago. Separating the genre from its roots in graffiti, Depre clearly and passionately explains his perspective and interest in a cultural tracing of Street Art.  Working with four other photographers, the book is a photo documentary and serves as an overview of the often over-looked but vital art scene that appears and disappears on the streets of Chicago.  (See extended credits for collaborating photographers).

Part history lesson, part field guide, part cultural insider wisdom, the book is offered as a legitimate pictorial text that moves the Street Art practice into the position as an important cultural marker distinctive to a specific city and time.  Featuring six short essays from Depre, as well as, some words and over 200 full color images from notorious Artists and Photographers of the Chicago Street Art community.  This is MUST have volume for anyone who has wandered the Chicago’s Streets and wondered about the artists who have grace walls with humor, beauty, insight, or critique year after year.  The text is designed to get the reader to a place of understanding, appreciation, and co-habitation with these remarkable and temporary works.

The release of Chicago Street Art will be a featured event on May 13 at the opening of a retrospective of Chicago Street Art at the Chicago Urban Art Society, 2229 South Halsted. The show will run until June 4.