Item description for New York Deco by Richard Berenholtz...
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 cities 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 machine-tooled 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.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.7" Width: 8.6" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.8 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2005
Publisher Welcome Books
ISBN 1932183841 ISBN13 9781932183849
Availability 0 units.
More About Richard Berenholtz
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about New York Deco?
The living Deco city May 13, 2007
The lovely Rockefeller Center rightly kicks of this photographic Deco tour of New York. The exteriors of the six buildings have delights everywhere, for all to see, too.
The book though is very generalised and probably aimed at the tourist market because it has no contents, index or bibliography. What it does have are plenty of close-ups of the detail work that seems to adorn so many Manhattan buildings, frequently way above street level so that these gems are mostly missed. There is a super shot of one of the Chrysler eagles on pages 148-9, or the ornamental metalwork of a lightning bolt and a bird on the General Electric Tower, page fifty-one.
The one hundred and thirty eight photos are all in color and each has an informative caption. Between the photos text pages contain thoughts on Big Apple by a variety of writers and historical personalities, which again suggest the title is really a keepsake aimed at the visitor.
A similar photo book by Carla Breeze New York Deco, though lacking in so many close-ups takes a more guide book approach with copy and photos covering commercial, residential, entertainment, public and religious buildings plus an index and bibliography. If your curiosity goes further David Garrard Lowe's fascinating Art Deco New York, sums it all up within a serious historical perspective.
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