Work Title: Art on Walls
Work Author(s): Karen McCarthy
Byline: Karen McCarthy
It's likely that every artist was scolded as a child for drawing on the walls. Two new books celebrate art that is intended to go on walls: murals and graffiti.
In Philadelphia, the Mural Arts Program "has facilitated the creation of over twenty-five hundred murals throughout the city" by reaching out to graffitists, giving them positive artistic examples and re-directing their energies towards "youth development and neighborhood revitalization." The program's second book, More Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell, by mural artist Jane Golden with Robin Rice and Natalie Pompilio (Temple University Press, 978-1-59213-527-1), celebrates the project and profiles eleven muralists. Betsy Casanas, who teaches at Philadelphia's Charter High School of Architecture and Design, incorporates children's designs into her intensely colorful murals, which sing and dance with her Latina heritage. According to Golden, "art can play an important role in the life of a city."
A more subversive city art form is honored in Graffiti...