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Never mind the petty vandalism of the typical street tag, which in New York goes as unnoticed as litter; the best graffiti artists are post-Pop muralists, and nothing brings this out quite like Broken Windows: Graffiti NYC, by James and Karla Murray, a $39.95 paperback from Gingko Press ( As the book's hype sheet points out, the authors "have gone to great lengths to present the works featured in their full glory, often photographing from difficult positions and odd angles to cut out intrusive items such as cars, telephone poles and fire hydrants." Indeed, five gatefolds and 320 color illustrations are a veritable walking tour of the city as open-air gallery.
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