International urban art expert Maximiliano Ruiz, whom we interviewed last summer, has released yet another book — except this time he’s left the streets and entered the studio. Walls & Frames: Fine Art From the Streets showcases the gallery art of many artists who gained prominence in the graffiti scene in the 1990s and early 2000s. In his documentarian style, Ruiz presents a collection of brief artist’s statements and large, glossy photos, letting the work’s creators speak for themselves.
Superstars like Blek le Rat and Ben Eine make an appearance, but the book highlights many lesser known artists that are starting to make their way into the international spotlight. From painters who have left the streets behind to those who balance graffiti with their indoor work, the variety of insider perspectives makes for a fascinating read. This Thursday, December 8, London’s Pictures on Walls will be hosting a reception party with many of the artists in attendance, so check it out if you’re in the area. — Nastia Voynovskaya