"Graffiti Avantgarde™" by Moses & Taps™
GRAFFITI AVANTGARDE™ is a heavyweight! With 544 pages, more than 2,000 photos in ten chapters as well as a variety of exciting and subtle texts, the book gives a deep insight into
MOSES & TAPS™ broad work as graffiti artist between 2011 and 2020. GRAFFITI AVANTGARDE™ shows how they managed the balancing act between bombing trains and being accepted artists and explains why these two worlds are not mutually exclusive.
The monograph begins with an interview with MOSES & TAPS™ by the criminologist Ike, in which she explores the question of what actually constitutes the graffiti avant-garde, who it is, what goals it has and what it drives.
The TOPSPRAYER™ chapter, in which MOSES & TAPS™ lead us through various stops on trains from Russia to the USA, is followed by the SPLASH™ chapter, in which you learn on which places you can leave colorful traces with spray cans without using a fatcap and letters.
Afterwards the scepter is handed over to ALIAS™, whose professed 1001 trains in 999 days on 176 pages are rounded off by his stories and the action photos of Edward Nightingale.
In SCRATCHITI™ MOSES™ shows why he paints glass panes in order to clean them, how he brings them from the train yards to the museum and back again and we learn why he hates Mickey Mouse.
In the chapter CORPORATE IDENTITY™ Robert Kaltenhäuser then deciphers how all chapters can be connected via MOSES & TAPS™ CI codes, why yellow-blue works better than Banksy and what´s behind the ™.
In IMAGE OF GRAFFITI™ TAPS™ makes clear, why Graffiti must be illegal and reveals how one can create an image of it on canvases nevertheless.
While the chapter SCHÖPFERISCHE ZERSTÖRUNG™ („creative destruction“) deals with the complexity of MOSES & TAPS™’ works, which are expressed in collage pieces, the part KONZEPT-VANDALISMUS™ is dedicated to their unique conceptual works on trains – and sometimes also the walls inside.
To round the book off, MOSES & TAPS™ explain and illustrate in two separate chapters their very personal approach of developing their styles.
Hardcover with hot foil stamping on iridescent cloth binding (blue thread on yellow fabric)
24.7 × 28.5 cm; 4.5 cm thick (9.2” × 11.2” × 1.8”)
Paper: four paper changes: 120g uncoated natural paper, 150g high gloss paper, 150g matt paper (with UV spot varnish);
total weight 3 kg (6.6 lbs).
Printed and bound in Germany.
Alias the Boss, Edward Nightingale, Ike, Katharina Galladé, Larissa Kikol, Niels Shoe Meulman, Pietro Rivasi, Robert Kaltenhäuser and Tania di Britta.