10 of the Most Beautiful Works of Street Art From Around the Globe

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You probably don’t want to read another essay on graffiti and street art’s highbrow acceptance, but the fact remains that slogans and murals spray painted and wheat pasted onto walls, and other forms of artistic expression displayed — often illegally — in public places, is more popular than ever. With over 750 beautiful color photos of art from all around the globe, Rafael Schacter’s The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti is further proof of how far the culture has come since the early days of French students writing slogans on walls and taggers bombing New York City subways; the spirit is still there, but now it’s high art. Click through to preview a selection of art from the book.

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Vanity by Ekta (Gdańsk, Poland)

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Chu by Tec (São Paulo, Brazil)

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Knocked On Your Door by Espo (Philadelphia, USA)

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La vrai croix by Honet (Prague, Czech Republic)

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Plucking Pennies by Buff Diss (Adelaide, Australia)

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Untitled by Los Contratistas (Monterrey, Mexico)

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Untitled by Radya (Ekaterinburg, Russia)

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New Year’s Party Balloon by Anthony Lister (Brisbane, Australia)

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Unittled by Nazza Stencil (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

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Map by Aram Bartholl (Taipei, Taiwan)