Title: Still on and Non the Wiser
Subtitle: An Exhibition with Selected Urban Artists
Author: Rik Reinking
Dimensions: 16,6 x 23,4 x 1,4 cm / 6.5 x 9.2 x 0,6 inch.
Condition: Cover: 9,5/10 Inside: 10/10
Until recently, art made in the street and art made within the institution had mutually excluded each other. Graffiti writers have mastered their medium like modern painters but because it did not emerge from a studio it was not considered to be real art by the critics. Still On, a catalog of a street art exhibition by the Von Der Heydt Museum Wuppertal in Barmen, Germany-, makes the case for graffiti as contemporary art. Beyond notions of vandalism and interventions in public space, graffiti and street art is a dialog between artists and their immediate environment. This exhibit examines how each artist responds to the confines of the Ruhmenshalle Gallery and how the vitality of their work translates successfully to the museum with out losing any of its power or integrity. With works on canvas, installation and painting directly on the gallery walls by Tasek, OS GEMEOS, Herbert Baglione, TILT, MISS VAN, Mirko Reisser, Pius Portman, Stohead, ZEVS Daniel Man, and Heiko Zahlman.
When it comes to graffiti and streetart, Rik Reinking can be considered as europe’s probably most ambitious art collector and expert for these arts. He organizies exhibitions with a lineup of the great names in the graffiti scene, so they finally get the attention they deserve.
STILL ON AND NON THE WISER is a documentation of one of these ground-breaking exhibitons which took place in the „Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal“ in 2007.
The Book documents the exhibited works of the eleven involved artists Daniel Man, Heiko Zahlmann, DAIM, STOHEAD, TASEK [DE], Herbert Baglione, OS GEMEOS [BR], MISS VAN, TILT, ZEVS [FR] and Pius Portmann [CH].
Moreover, each of them got a personal portfolio section which shows more exceptional works besides the works presented in the exhibition. These selections prove that every artist is able to master the span between street and gallery in his very individual way.
The additional articles by Dr. Gerhard Finckh, Toke Lykkeberg and Asko Lehmuskallio just put the final icing on the cake in this book and add a scientific dimension to it.