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ABSTRACT / URBAN


In essence, urban art was born of experimentation and abstraction. The wildstyle, the scratch, the collage of sampled sounds, b-boys battling against gravity...

Slanted, on its head - challenging perceptions across the cultural spectrum.

In this new book we examine the birth, fusion, and evolution of urban arts through a series of landmark works. Discussing defining moments and key contributors with the those who drove and bore witness.

This isn’t a hip-hop who’s who or an A-Z of style writers. This is about the challengers, the left-turns, the pioneers, the forgotten, the fearless, the upsetters... the game changers.

We Join the dots, crossing the tracks, focusing on the works that redefined the art form.


Limited to 500 copies - Orders ship Sep-Dec 2020


UPCOMING EVENTS


UNLOCK 2019

The Unlock Book Fair is the annual meeting of the international graffiti and street art publishing scene. Two days of publications, talks, launches and screenings

In 2019 the fair travels to Cologne after three instalments in Barcelona, Berlin and Amsterdam, and several offshoot events in cities across Europe. This year Unlock teams up with CityLeaks Urban Art Festival Cologne.

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ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Known for their live collaborative performances – visual, auditory and sensual spectacles with elaborate costumes, face paint, poetry, dance and more, the group pioneered free jazz in America and further afield since their formation in 1969. The ensemble evolved from founder Roscoe Mitchell's musical vision of adventurous collaborations, and integrated musical styles spanning the history of jazz and improvisation.

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HENRY CHALFANT’S FIRST U.S. MUSEUM RETROSPECTIVE

Help the Bronx Museum Recreate an Epicenter of Early NY Graffiti Art. Graffiti, as we know it today, was born in the Bronx, transforming the streets and subway trains of New York City almost overnight (literally). Henry Chalfant’s photographs and films, including his groundbreaking 1983 documentary Style Wars, immortalized this transient art form when it was still in its adolescence, and helped launch graffiti art into the international phenomenon it is now.

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FAQ

1What is the IOUA?
The IOUA is a social enterprise that was founded in 2019 to document and expose pioneering work from the urban avant-garde through projects, publications, film, and exhibitions.
2I want to help, what can I do to support?
As a voluntary group, we need help to carry out the work we do. This can be anything from hands-on support at our events to promoting and sponsoring through partnerships. We often need photographers & writers to help us bring stories to life. The best course of action if you wish to help is to drop us an email with details on what skills you have and how you might be able to support.
3Can I visit the IOUA
At present we do not have a permanent space, while we search for a suitable gallery unit we are not open to the public for visitors. The address in our contact details is purely for admin and not accessible to the public.

CONTACT

INSTITUTE OF URBAN ARTS
27 OLD GLOUCESTER ST
LONDON, WC1N 3AX
M: info@ioua.uk

 

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