November 2011

Graffiti Women: Street Art from Five Continents

Abrams Books

  • 115 West 18th Street, 6th Floor
  • New York , NY


Nicholas Ganz, who previously wrote Graffiti World, narrowed down his subjects to women who produce street art in his book Graffiti Women. He acknowledges the severe lack of historical documentation about female street artists and wrote this book as "a celebration of their work" (11).

Ganz lists over 100 artists alphabetically in two sections: graffiti and street art. Most of the artists falling under the graffiti category use the traditional methods of spray–paint, stencils, and stickers. He says, "[Graffiti] is largely governed by the desire to spread one’s tags and achieve fame…" whereas, "Street art tends to have fewer rules and embraces a much broader range of styles and techniques" (10-11).

There are images for each artist in the 9” x 9.5” book. They are full-color and great for scanning (some photos are full–page) and inspiration.The information included about the artists is by no means comprehensive; some bios consist of only one sentence. The blurbs usually involve the artists’ inspirations or motivations and a little bit about their techniques. Graffiti Women includes two full–color, fold–out collages as well as websites for some of the artists and a bibliography for those who wish to engage in further research. This book would be a great starting point for research on this topic or any of these particular artists.

Reviewed by Library Staff Member – Larnie Capistrano – S.F.