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Urban Art Berlin: Version 2.0 by Kai Jakob does have words, but words as rendered in urban art, also called graffiti. This collection is of art in Berlin, and what’s interesting is how artists have set their work on top of others. Art here has no boundaries, nothing to pin it in. The introduction and foreword are in both German and English, which is helpful for those who don’t know German, and in it, Jakob says that public space is in actuality free space. Berlin is the home to many artists, including those engaged in graffiti. Jakob says that as urban landscapes become very monotone and similar, it is a splash of color and an unexpected image that can provide visitors with a glimpse into the true heart of the city.
The photos in this book bring to life not only spray painted images, but those made of paper stuck on walls, stickers on street signs, and more. I’d recommend this book for those interested in other cultures, graffiti, photography, and art. Jakob has collected a wide variety of images from the streets of Berlin, and some are comical, while others are downright bizarre.
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