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New York Deco: Deluxe Edition

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New York calls to mind many things: the Chrysler Building with its innovative design and sunburst pattern, the Empire State building with its amazing views and dominating size, Rockefeller Center seamlessly merging commerce and art. Each of these cherished pieces of New York were created during one of the city's most stylish and dazzling decades: the 1920s and 30s. New York Deco profiles this magnificent period of creativity in architecture when art deco thrived with its emphasis on machinetooled elegance and ...
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Overview

New York calls to mind many things: the Chrysler Building with its innovative design and sunburst pattern, the Empire State building with its amazing views and dominating size, Rockefeller Center seamlessly merging commerce and art. Each of these cherished pieces of New York were created during one of the city's most stylish and dazzling decades: the 1920s and 30s. New York Deco profiles this magnificent period of creativity in architecture when art deco thrived with its emphasis on machinetooled elegance and sleek lines. Many of the New York City landmarks were born of this age, as well as dozens of lesser-known office buildings and apartment houses. Together, they make the skyline of the Big Apple what it is today.

Richard Berenholtz's "extraordinary" and "voluptuous" photographs have offered the best of New York in the large scale New York New York and Panoramic New York and now brilliantly highlight the finest examples of NYC's art deco architecture. Berenholtz's photography is accompanied by text from writers, artists, and personalities of the era, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Ogden Nash, and Frank Lloyd Wright to create a wonderful celebration of the era. A perfect gift for the New Yorker and tourist alike, this gem of a book is a window into one of city's most divine periods.

This new edition is deluxe in every way: it is 25% larger, has a cloth case with foil stamping encased in a cloth slipcase, also with foil stamping, and a hand-tipped image, with shrinkwrapping. It contains six gatefolds not included in the original edition, bringing the new page count to 184 from 160 pages. Includes a limited edition print of the Chrysler Building, signed and number by the photographer. Limited to 5,000 copies.

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Editorial Reviews

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New York's most obvious examples of the streamlined architectural style-the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center-figure prominently in this book, but it's the less notorious buildings and the attention given to architectural details that shine brightest in this paean to old Gotham. Evoking the emotional appeal of interiors, Berenholtz captures the scintillating gold mosaics within the reception hall of the Irving Trust Building. An added enticement is the inclusion of lesser known landmarks that will be familiar to careful observers of late twentieth cinematography: The Lenox Lounge once played host to jazz greats Billie Holiday and John Coltrane and was featured in Spike Lee's Malcolm X; Scorsese buffs will recognize the gritty glamour of the Airline Diner from Goodfellas. ...[The] interiors and exterior bric-a-brac, often overlooked in New York architecture books, take center stage here. —Publishers Weekly
Library Journal

These two books examine America's ongoing love affair with art deco. Architectural photographer Berenholtz's volume is a jewel box of photographs. The details of buildings and close-ups of sculpture and mosaics make it a lovely gift book and a good companion to more documentary volumes on the subject. In several panoramic photographs spread across gatefold pages, Berenholtz captures the telling details of landmarks such as Rockefeller Center and the Chrysler Building as well as the larger art deco landscape of the city.

In Art Deco San Francisco, journalist Poletti presents the story of architect Timothy Pflueger, detailing the historical background of select work from the designer of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph building in San Francisco and the Paramount Theater in Oakland. Pflueger's creations are well illustrated by photographer Paiva. Although Poletti does not approach the subject with the eye of an architectural historian, the book is nevertheless a useful biography of an art deco architect. Both of these titles are recommended for public libraries and architecture libraries with strong California or New York collections.
—Amy Trendler

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599620534
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 9/9/2008
  • Edition description: Deluxe Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 967,148
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Berenholtz graduated from Columbia University in 1974 with a masters degree in architecture and spent the next four years working for I.M. Pei. By 1984 he had become a professional photographer and, in the past eighteen years, has had five photography books published in five languages: New York, New York, New York New York (mini), Manhattan Architecture, Inside New York, and Panoramic New York. During this time, he has produced one of the most comprehensive collections of photographs in New York.
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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    Excelent book

    The best thing is the picture with an original signature of the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2008

    As good as it gets!

    Richard Berenholtz does it again! He¿s managed to put together another great testament of New York City in photographs. This time however we get to enjoy many details rarely seen and often overlooked of the city¿s vast art deco history. The images are exquisite, rich in color and texture and beautifully composed. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates New York City and the eclectic form of elegant and stylish modernism found in its architecture and interior design. I can¿t wait for his next book to add to my collection.

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