Graffiti Art Styles: A Classification System and Theoretical Analysis

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McFarland, Oct 9, 2008 - Art - 220 pages
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This book presents a classification system for graffiti art styles that reflects the expertise of graffiti writers and the work of art historian Erwin Panofsky. Based on Panofsky's theories of iconographical analysis, the classification model is designed to identify the style of a graffiti art piece through its visual characteristics. Tested by image cataloguers in archives, libraries, and museums, the system assists information professionals in identifying the iconic styles of graffiti art pieces. It also demonstrates the power of Panofsky's theories to provide access to non-representational or abstract art images. The result is a new paradigm for Panofsky's theories that challenges the assumptions of traditional models. This innovative book is a valuable resource for anyone who wants to learn more about graffiti art and for information professionals concerned with both the practical and intellectual issues surrounding image access.
 

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Ignore the previous reviews. This book is about describing art styles in a systematic fashion and does it well. Teaches the reader about approaching interpretation of graffiti tags and develops language to describe the styles.

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AS THE BOOK GAVE ME SOME INFORMATION ABOUT GRAFFITI IT DIDN'T ENLIGHTEN ME IN ANY SORT....ITS BASICALLY BULLSHIT

Contents

Introduction
5
1 A New Paradigm for Panofskys Theories of Iconographical Analysis
15
2 Graffiti Art in an Iconographic Framework
33
3 Graffiti Art in a Classificatory Framework
52
4 Developing the Faceted Classification System for Graffiti Art Styles
76
5 What Image Cataloguers Saw
105
6 Panofskys Theories and the Question of Nonrepresentational or Abstract Art
138
7 Graffiti Art Lessons
158
Appendix A
165
Appendix B
175
Chapter Notes
199
Selected Bibliography
207
Index
211
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Lisa Gottlieb is a graduate of Wellesley College, the University of Chicago, and the University of Toronto. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, American Studies, Library Quarterly, and other journals.

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