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The City Out My Window: 63 Views on New York [Hardcover]

Matteo Pericoli , Paul Goldberger
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  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (3 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416569901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416569909
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HardCover Pub Date: November 2009 Pages: 144 in Publisher: Simon & Schuster From Matteo Pericoli. the celeated author of Manhattan Unfurled. comes a unique collection of illustrated cityscapes In these intimate drawings of window views. Pericoli captures the essence of the city by showing us what New Yorkers see when they look out their windows. The City Out My Window shows us a series of private New Yorks. as seen by Tom Wolfe. Tony Kushner. Nora Ephron. Stephen Colbert. Richard Meier. Oliver Sacks . Mario Batali. David Byrne. and other artists. writers. and thinkers who help make the city what it is. The book includes their comments on what they see out their window and is introduced by Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Room with a View 3 Sep 2010
By sophie
Great idea to draw views of New York from famous people's windows, although with most of the people, you'd have to be an American to know who they are.

The book was smaller than I expected it to be and the illustrations don't fit the page so if you want to look at the drawing details, a page magnifier would be good to have to hand (perhaps it's my eyesight!). A small quibble though as it's a well presented book and each drawing is prefaced with a few sentences from the people in question. Well worth investing in if you like architectural drawings and musings on city life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good buy 28 Aug 2011
I first saw this artist featured in the UK Observer magazine/review section. This book is a wonderful opportunity to further explore the art work. Of interest to anyone who appreciates modern city life, architecture, art work. I am pleased with this purchase.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, but... 8 Jan 2011
By Silenos - Published on Amazon.com
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You would be hard-pressed to fault Matteo Pericoli's drawings: they have all the poetic delicacy of a Japanese estampe and the lightly etched precision of the great French comic book artist Moebius, which is what attracted me to this book in the first place. Nor can you quibble the concept modeled after such brilliant illustrated landscapes as Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo or Hokusai Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji. Here it is applied to New York, specifically to the views it offers out of its many windows. It will appeal as much to those fresh to the Big Apple as to those who have lived there or are curious of doing so. The book is also well packaged, its cream colored pages sandwiched between thick slabs of grey board pierced at the front by a mock window pane.
You can however regret, specially if you regard the cult of celebrity as essentially baleful, that Mr. Pericoli chose to have his "subjects" be "famous" for some thing or other. Baryshnikov, Batali, Doctorow, Glass, Koch, Leibovitz, etc, etc, etc: the list reads like an orgy of name dropping. Of course, a few of the participants have interesting, even illuminating comments; I was touched by Ethan Herschenfeld's wistfulness for instance, and loved, as I always do, David Byrne's pungent irony. But so many others are perfunctory, not to say cringe worthy, like Baryshnikov's comment that the undeniably remarkable building he gazes on looks "better at night... like a woman". Er, sure, Mikhail, much like the wine I tasted yesterday evening in fact... just like a woman. Those who like to indulge in copious schadenfreude may also take pleasure in the realization that, at least in New York, some of the rich and famous share vistas as boring as those the average city dweller often wakes up to. Ultimately, this is a lovely book to give as a gift: I'll pass it to my younger brother in whose eyes the lights of the city still sparkle. Of course, he never lived here and only came to visit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another World 16 Dec 2009
By Susan - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book. As a small town gal who looks out my window to see grass, trees and gardens that are just a step out my door; I have often wondered what a city dweller must see and if they longed for other (greener) views. But, as humans, where we are, what we know, and what we have grown accustomed to, is what we tend to love. This glimpse into a world so different from mine is wonderful. It left me wanting more.
Thank you for opening your homes and sharing your views with Matteo and those of us who purchase this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars New York City in genial drawings 15 May 2013
By Guarina - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this for a friend who loves New York City extraordinarily.
Ended up reading into it myself, then looking at every page-- every week. Pericoli is a talented illustrator and cartoonist, well-know in Europe, deserving more fame in the US.Sometimes illustrators do more than photography. This is a good book for those who love cartoonists, original graphic artists and of course, New York City!
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the essential books that have been published on NYC 20 Jan 2013
By Osmond - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book during my first trip to New York. The city I admired from my window was so well reproduced in the book of Matteo Pericoli, that I get the feeling I was able to see NYC through the windows of the real New Yorkers.
Each of the 63 drawings are truly pieces of art. The bookbinding is strong and very nice. This is much more than a coffee table book !
Strongly recommended to the New Yorkers, born and bred, and from abroad !
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says 9 Nov 2011
By J. Dermeyer - Published on Amazon.com
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63 views on New York does not lie. If you want a nicely-put-together, accurately-titled art book, then by all means, proceed without fear.
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