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Manhattan Unfurled
     

Manhattan Unfurled

by Matteo Pericoli, Paul Goldberger
 

Matteo Pericoli trained as an architect in Milan and then came to work in New York in 1995. His arrival preceded by just a few days the arrival of the biggest snowstorm of the decade, and the sense of the city in its wake–especially its silence–remained in his mind. He experienced similar feeling taking photographs of Riverside Drive from the Circle

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Matteo Pericoli trained as an architect in Milan and then came to work in New York in 1995. His arrival preceded by just a few days the arrival of the biggest snowstorm of the decade, and the sense of the city in its wake–especially its silence–remained in his mind. He experienced similar feeling taking photographs of Riverside Drive from the Circle Line ferry, and decided to transpose them into a line drawing. It was then that he felt compelled to photograph the whole of New York’s shoreline profile–from Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and New Jersey (which he reached by motorcycle) — and make two continuous and continuously enchanting pen-and-ink drawing of Manhattan’s skyline.

Manhattan Unfurled is published in an elegant slipcase, and the drawings fold out, accordion-style, with the West on one side and the East on the other. An introduction by distinguished New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger, who first wrote bout Matteo’s project in The New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town,” will accompany the drawing in a separate pamphlet. This book is both a wonderful New York City memento, perfect for gift giving, and an entirely unique work of art.

Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Times
In an object described as a book only because it folds up to fit inside hard covers, Mr. Pericoli has drawn a two-sided, architecturally precise representation of Manhattan's perimeter. His objectives are serious, but his draftsmanship has a charming playfulness as well. (Just look at the Hudson and East Rivers' jaunty waves.) Yes, the twin towers are forever preserved here, on the opening page.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375504914
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/2001
Edition description:
SLIPCASE
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
11.34(w) x 7.05(h) x 1.02(d)

Meet the Author

Matteo Pericoli graduated from the Polytechnic School of Milan in 1995 and the same year moved to New York City, where he worked as an architect and as an illustrator. His work has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Sports Illustrated, Harper’s, and the Italian national newspaper, La Stampa.

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