New Street Art Book by G. James Daichendt Published
cover of "Stay Up! Los Angeles Street Art" (Cameron + Company).
A book signing for "Stay Up!" at the West Hollwood Book Fair.
A new, image rich book by Professor G. James Daichendt was recently published by Cameron + Company. Stay Up! Los Angeles Street Art is an investigation of the global phenomenon of street art. Told from the perspective of artists working in Los Angeles, it offers a new vantage point for understanding an art form that is widely popular yet has been the subject of speculation and much uncertainty.
Questions whether street art is the next major art movement or if it is simply a trend and the differences between graffiti and street art are explored. A number of counterintuitive themes plague street art but that does not stop the excitement and enthusiasm surrounding this engaging and exciting art form.
Street art has exploded as a creative outlet and progressed from a counter culture movement based in graffiti in previous decades to a legitimate business platform in design, fashion, film, publishing, and art. Jim explores the uniqueness of L.A. along with some of the successes and pitfalls these creative artists encounter. The major themes presented will familiarize the reader with the street art scene in L.A. and add new meaning to this creative capital.
The book has received positive reviews in the press from Publisher's Weekly and the blog, Cartwheel. There have been several signing events with both Jim and several street artists whose works are represented in the book at West Hollywood and Los Angeles. Photographs in the book are by Lord Jim and a foreword by street artist Smear.