New York Love Affair

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In this photographic ode to a world-class city, the everyday yet oft-remembered sights of the Big Apple appear through the lens of manipulated, painted Polaroids. From the Apollo Theater, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral to the Hotel Chelsea, Times Square, Zabar's Deli, corner hot dog stands, and the seemingly endless stream of taxi cabs, these intimate vignettes painted with oils to reflect the glow of the city lights graphically capture the longtime resident’s ...

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Overview

In this photographic ode to a world-class city, the everyday yet oft-remembered sights of the Big Apple appear through the lens of manipulated, painted Polaroids. From the Apollo Theater, Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral to the Hotel Chelsea, Times Square, Zabar's Deli, corner hot dog stands, and the seemingly endless stream of taxi cabs, these intimate vignettes painted with oils to reflect the glow of the city lights graphically capture the longtime resident’s delight in the city she and so many others call home. A foreword by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author and fellow New Yorker Michael Cunningham is also included.

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"In Barbara Cohen's gloriously altered Polaroids, New York City vibrates as if it's been tuned to a higher frequency. Because these are not exactly photographs and not exactly paintings but a glowing hybrid of the two, Cohen makes the familiar shimmer with unexpected intensity, and beloved landmarks light up all over again."  —Mark Doty, author, Heaven's Coast

"I love these painted pictures by Barbara Cohen. I stare and stare into them . . . it's the New York City we knew and remember and imagined."  —Marie Howe, poet and author, What the Living Do

"Truly a gift book. Cohen's painted Polaroids are jewels; glimpses of a New York that would take the rest of us a lifetime or two to see."  —Suzy Becker, author, All I Need to know I Learned from My Cat

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982319642
  • Publisher: Fields Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 48
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara E. Cohen is a contemporary abstract painter, a sculptor, and a printmaker. She is the coauthor of Dogs and Their Women and Woman’s Best Friend, and the author/photographer of Dog in the Dunes and Dog in the Dunes Revisited. Michael Cunningham is the author of the Pulitzer Prize– and PEN/Faulkner Award–winning novel The Hours. He teaches at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and in the creative writing MFA program at Brooklyn College. They both live in New York City.

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