The City Out My Window: 63 Views on New York (英語) ハードカバー – 2009/11/3
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From Matteo Pericoli, the celebrated author of Manhattan Unfurled, comes a unique collection of illustrated cityscapes. In these intimate drawings of window views, Pericoli captures the essence of the city by showing us what New Yorkers see when they look out their windows. The City Out My Window shows us a series of private New Yorks, as seen by Tom Wolfe, Tony Kushner, Nora Ephron, Stephen Colbert, Richard Meier, Oliver Sacks, Mario Batali, David Byrne, and other artists, writers, and thinkers who help make the city what it is. The book includes their comments on what they see out their window and is introduced by Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger.
"Delightful paean...elegant." -- New York Times
"[An] amazing book." -- The New York Daily News
"New Yorkers will never look out their windows the same way again." -- Women's Wear Daily
"There is a lot of beauty -- and more than a little wisdom -- in The City Out My Window." -- Connecticut Post
"Pericoli reveals not just the landscape of the city, but the landscape of the city's greatest minds. Art is the bones of New York City and in the blood of its inhabitants. Pericoli creates a tapestry out of the inevitable and elegant interplay of people and place." -- Popmatters.com
"The City Out My Window offers an intimate sense of the quiet these residents, artists, writers, and composers enjoy and their constant connection with their city through their view. Reading this book, you gain a new sense of what people seek when they find their ideal home, even in crowded New York City...The variety among the 63 charming drawings shows Pericoli's ability to capture the spirit of the city with simple lines." -- Blogcritics.org
You can however regret, specially if you regard the cult of celebrity as essentially baleful, that Mr. Pericoli chose to have his "subjects" be "famous" for some thing or other. Baryshnikov, Batali, Doctorow, Glass, Koch, Leibovitz, etc, etc, etc: the list reads like an orgy of name dropping. Of course, a few of the participants have interesting, even illuminating comments; I was touched by Ethan Herschenfeld's wistfulness for instance, and loved, as I always do, David Byrne's pungent irony. But so many others are perfunctory, not to say cringe worthy, like Baryshnikov's comment that the undeniably remarkable building he gazes on looks "better at night... like a woman". Er, sure, Mikhail, much like the wine I tasted yesterday evening in fact... just like a woman. Those who like to indulge in copious schadenfreude may also take pleasure in the realization that, at least in New York, some of the rich and famous share vistas as boring as those the average city dweller often wakes up to. Ultimately, this is a lovely book to give as a gift: I'll pass it to my younger brother in whose eyes the lights of the city still sparkle. Of course, he never lived here and only came to visit.
It is what it is. I have no connection to New York City, so my interest is much lower than if I lived there or even visited on a regular basis. But is IS good artwork.
Thank you for opening your homes and sharing your views with Matteo and those of us who purchase this book.
Each of the 63 drawings are truly pieces of art. The bookbinding is strong and very nice. This is much more than a coffee table book !
Strongly recommended to the New Yorkers, born and bred, and from abroad !
Ended up reading into it myself, then looking at every page-- every week. Pericoli is a talented illustrator and cartoonist, well-know in Europe, deserving more fame in the US.Sometimes illustrators do more than photography. This is a good book for those who love cartoonists, original graphic artists and of course, New York City!