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by Glenn Palmer-Smith

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This is an absolutely beautiful book, with glowing reproductions and a generous format. It's also a fascinating guide to a little-known part of the New York art scene -- the murals that bedeck many of our public (and some of our private) buildings. As a native, I grew up with the murals in the Museum of Natural History, and have seen several of the others -- most notably, while on jury duty! But there are lots that I did not know about, and lots of new and illuminating information on the ones I do know. This book is going on my 2015 Christmas list for a few other NYC devotees, and a list of the murals is going on my kitchen wall -- I want to see every one! ( )
  annbury | Apr 6, 2015 |
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If all of the murals of New York City were under one roof, it would be the greatest collection of populist art in America. MURALS OF NEW YORK CITY is the first book to curate over thirty of the most important, influential, and impressive murals found within all five boroughs. The murals featured in this volume act as both an artistic and cultural guide to New York and its citizens over the past 100+ years—from the Victorian sensibilities of the 1900’s, to the New Deal outlook of the WPA-commissioned artworks, to the graffiti-inflected art of Keith Haring and Barry McGee.  The book enlightens readers with the lively back stories of those who commissioned and created these murals, and documents the works through extensive original photography that shows both the murals in context, and with details that highlight the artistic hand of the muralists. 
 
From courthouses, to libraries, to schoolrooms, to classic hotel watering holes, MURALS OF NEW YORK CITY introduces readers to a wide range of cultural icons and artistic treasures. Full-color images of works by the world's most celebrated artists including Marc Chagall, Roy Lichtenstein, Maxfield Parrish, and more are accompanied by informative and historical commentary. MURALS OF NEW YORK CITY is perfect for art and architecture lovers and serves as a resource for New Yorkers, and a souvenir for the millions of tourists who visit the city every year. The book contains addresses and historical information on each mural, artist, and location, including the circumstances in which they were created, restored, and preserved.

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"Whether it is cocktails at the Carlyle, taking in a show at Lincoln Center, or flying out of LaGuardia Airport's venerable Marine Air Terminal, uptown to downtown to the outer boroughs, the art created for the walls and ceilings of New York's City's bars, hotels, offices government buildings, and schools have themselves created the identities of the spaces they live in. Murals of New York City is the first book to curate more than thirty of the most important, influential, and impressive murals found within all five boroughs. Full-color photographs of works such as Paul César Helleu's Sky Ceiling on Grand Central Terminal's ceiling, José María Sert's and Frank Brangwyn's Rockefeller Center murals, and work by such artists as Chagall, Haring, Lichtenstein, Parrish, and more are accompanied by informative and historical commentary"--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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