The Subversive and the Sticky

Alexis Swerdloff

"All the world is indeed a stage, it's just a matter of enterprising individuals to take over the role of director and improvising a new reality," writes Paper senior editor Carlo McCormick in Trespass: Uncommissioned Public Art. That's the underlying theme of his book about street art, as well as that of Stickers: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art, both out this fall. The two books, written and edited by Paper contributors, examine and celebrate the artists who use lampposts, construction sites, public landmarks and dank concert bathrooms as their canvases. Trespass, by McCormick and the Wooster Collective's Marc and Sara Schiller, is a high-brow meditation on and comprehensive journey through the history of street art. And Stickers, by DB Burkeman and Paper's own Monica LoCascio, features just about 4,000 stickers created by over 1,300 artists. The book examines the role that stickers have played over the years in the worlds of skate culture, politics, fine art and music, and includes essays by those who've obsessed over and collected them. Above are images from the forthcoming books, below is a video promo for Stickers: From Punk Rock to Contemporary Art.

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