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In Speck, Peter Buchanan-Smith, Art Director of the New York Times Op-Ed page, asks artists, designers, lawyers, writers, collectors, and photographers to explore our obsessions with the small objects that loom large in our everyday lives.To wit: Maira Kalman empties people's pocketbooks; Nicholas Blechman and Jesse Gordon trace the history of the oldest piece of dust; David Horrowitz catalogs manhole covers; and Peter Buchanan-Smith unearths a 1966 high school yearbook and transcribes the inscriptions ("To a real sweet and cute guy with a great personality. Remember English III").Speck also shows how "ordinary" people can fascinate as much as "ordinary" objects: an interview with shoe shiner Harry Kitt, Manhattan's last practitioner of the dry-shine, photographs taken by a blind man on a sight-seeing tour, and a barber's extensive collection of earth, water, and air from around the world ask us to re-think our assumptions about the commonplace.

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In Speck, Peter Buchanan-Smith, Art Director of the New York Times Op-Ed page, asks artists, designers, lawyers, writers, collectors, and photographers to explore our obsessions with the small objects that loom large in our everyday lives. To wit: Maira Kalman empties people's pocketbooks; Nicholas Blechman and Jesse Gordon trace the history of the oldest piece of dust; David Horrowitz catalogs manhole covers; and Peter Buchanan-Smith unearths a 1966 high school yearbook and transcribes the inscriptions (To a real sweet and cute guy with a great personality. Remember English III). Speck also shows how ordinary people can fascinate as much as ordinary objects: an interview with shoe shiner Harry Kitt, Manhattan's last practitioner of the dry-shine, photographs taken by a blind man on a sight-seeing tour, and a barber's extensive collection of earth, water, and air from around the world ask us to re-think our assumptions about the commonplace.

Synopsis:

Artists, designers, lawyers, writers, collectors, and photographers explore our obsessions with the small objects that loom large in our lives.

About the Author

Peter Buchanan-Smith is Art Director of the New York Times Op-Ed page.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781568982977
Subtitle:
A Curious Collection of Uncommon Things
Author:
Buchanan-Smith, Peter Gordon
Author:
Buchanan-Smith, Peter
Author:
Buchanan-Smith, Peter Gordon
Author:
Various
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Design
Subject:
Design - General
Subject:
History - American
Subject:
General
Subject:
Design -- United States -- History.
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
no. 27
Publication Date:
20011201
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.75 x 8 x 1 in 2.11 lb
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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Product details 224 pages Princeton Architectural Press - English 9781568982977 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In Speck, Peter Buchanan-Smith, Art Director of the New York Times Op-Ed page, asks artists, designers, lawyers, writers, collectors, and photographers to explore our obsessions with the small objects that loom large in our everyday lives. To wit: Maira Kalman empties people's pocketbooks; Nicholas Blechman and Jesse Gordon trace the history of the oldest piece of dust; David Horrowitz catalogs manhole covers; and Peter Buchanan-Smith unearths a 1966 high school yearbook and transcribes the inscriptions (To a real sweet and cute guy with a great personality. Remember English III). Speck also shows how ordinary people can fascinate as much as ordinary objects: an interview with shoe shiner Harry Kitt, Manhattan's last practitioner of the dry-shine, photographs taken by a blind man on a sight-seeing tour, and a barber's extensive collection of earth, water, and air from around the world ask us to re-think our assumptions about the commonplace.
"Synopsis" by , Artists, designers, lawyers, writers, collectors, and photographers explore our obsessions with the small objects that loom large in our lives.
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