Public Art New York

Overview

A tour of the best permanent public art in all five boroughs of New York City.
From outdoor sculpture in public plazas and landscapes to murals and works of art in lobbies accessible to the public, this book focuses on how exemplary works of public art enrich urban public space. Sponsored by the Municipal Art Society, Public Art New York is organized by neighborhood, with maps suitable for walking tours.

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Overview

A tour of the best permanent public art in all five boroughs of New York City.
From outdoor sculpture in public plazas and landscapes to murals and works of art in lobbies accessible to the public, this book focuses on how exemplary works of public art enrich urban public space. Sponsored by the Municipal Art Society, Public Art New York is organized by neighborhood, with maps suitable for walking tours.

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Editorial Reviews

Landscape Architecture Magazine
“Don’t make your next trip to New York without this guidebook. Handsomely laid out with a color photograph for each artwork, easy to carry, sturdy, and a good value for the money, it’s a good way of finding your way through the city’s treasure trove of outdoor art.”
Daily Dose of Architecture
“Given Phifer’s background as an architect, installations in and in front of buildings are found throughout, giving the guide a balanced view of what is considered art, in addition to what is considered public.”
Fredric Bell
“Phifer nimbly guides us to enhanced understanding of the who, what, and why of artworks that attract the attention of New Yorkers and visitors alike….the easy-to-carry paperback offers a personal selection of some of the best in Manhattan from the Battery to Inwood. Special attention...is given to superlative work in the other boroughs....lovingly photographed by Francis Dzikowski and skilfully described by Phifer. Buy this book and take it on a long walk through the open-air galleries that are our streets.”
Dan Gregory - Eye on Design
“Deftly written, it’s an indispensable guidebook to every monument worth seeing in Metropolis.”
American Society of Media Photographers Bulletin
“[M]onumental….exceptional photographs….exhaustive text….Whether you are a tourist or a lifelong New Yorker, grab this book and treat yourself to an extraordinary walking tour of some of the best visual treats New York City has to offer.”
American Style
“Phifer reviews a wide sampling of the newest (and most iconic) works, and complements each with Francis Dzikowski’s photography and maps. For a locale that keeps its art on constant rotation, this is an ideal snapshot of the city as it exists today.”
Public Art Review
“An attractive sampling of New York’s most compelling and historical works of art in all five boroughs….informational and user-friendly.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393732665
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/30/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 939,804
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 2.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Architect Jean Parker Phifer specializes in planning, renovation and sustainable design projects for cultural institutions and has designed or restored numerous buildings, public spaces, and landscapes, primarily in New York. She was president of the Art Commission of the City of New York, now the Public Design Commission, from 1998 to 2003. Ms. Phifer is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and teaches Environmental Design at New York University.

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