Synopses & Reviews
In July 2008, illustrator and designer Christoph Niemann began Abstract City
, a visual blog for the New York Times
. His posts were inspired by the desire to re-create simple and everyday observations and stories from his own life that everyone could relate to. In Niemannandrsquo;s hands, mundane experiences such as riding the subway or trying to get a good nightandrsquo;s sleep were transformed into delightful flights of visual fancy. The struggle to keep up with housework became a battle against adorable but crafty goblins, and nostalgia about New York manifested in simple but strikingly spot-on LEGO creations. This brilliantly illustrated collection of reflections on modern life includes all 16 of the original blog posts as well as a new chapter created exclusively for the book.
Praise for Abstract City:
andldquo;Everyday experiencesandmdash;from looking at leaves to riding city subwaysandmdash;are funny and fresh and often a source of wonder when depicted by this brilliant graphic designer.andrdquo; andmdash;Readers Digest
andldquo;I will call Christoph when anything awful happens to me. And he will make me laugh like crazy about the whole thing. Because he is insanely funny and completely tenderly true. I love every column he did and will do.andrdquo; andmdash;Maira Kalman, author/illustrator of And the Pursuit of Happiness
andldquo;Christoph Niemann is the best illustrator alive. Every single time I come across a piece of his work, which is often as he either works all the time, or worse, draws incredibly fast, it is wonderful. While the rest of us are lucky to get a proper piece out here and there, Christoph produces hit after hit after hit. If he wasnandrsquo;t such a genuinely sweet man, weandrsquo;d surely hate his ass a lot.andrdquo; andmdash;Stefan Sagmeister, author of Things I Have Learned in My Life So Far
andldquo;Few books have more probingly and humorously gotten inside the mind and day-to-day experience of an artist.andrdquo; andmdash;NPR.org
andquot;Whatandrsquo;s terrifying (to me, certainly, and possibly to many of his peers) is that nearly every idea he has seems to be equally well formed . . . once again, performing neat, virtuosic circles around the rest of us, to our delight.andquot; andmdash;PRINT magazine
andquot;Irresistible.andquot; andmdash;Very Short List
andldquo;A masterpiece of sophisticated humor, this is a brilliant one-of-a-kind work.andrdquo; andmdash;Library Journal, starred review
This imaginative look at life in New York City features iconic (and mundane) New York images constructed entirely out of LEGOs. Designer and illustrator Niemann was inspired to create a series of miniature New York vignettes, and the results are delightful.
I LEGO N.Y. is an imaginative look at life in New York City constructed entirely out of LEGOs. Designer and illustrator Christoph Niemann was inspired to create a series of miniature New York vignettes out of his sons' toys after a few cold and dark winter days in Berlin. The former New Yorker then posted photographs of his creations along with his handwritten captions on his New York Times blog. Resident and honorary New Yorkers around the world responded enthusiastically to the clever and minimalist inventions, which captured both the iconic (the Empire State Building) and the mundane (man standing on a subway platform) in fewer LEGO pieces than one might think possible. This book includes all of the original images, plus thirteen new creations. The resulting collection is delightful in its simplicity and moving in its ability to cature the spirit of life in New York in so few strokes.
Each of these clever little books from the Metropolitan Museum of Artand#151;on the perennially popular subjects of fashion and New York Cityand#151;pairs more than 180 selected works from across the museumand#8217;s vast collection with simple, concise observations.
New York Isand#133; offers answers to the question: What is New York in the eyes of artists? The Flatiron Building is shape; the Empire State Building is line. Washington Square Park is joyous; Times Square is spectacle. Among the enduring illustrations are paintings by Edward Hopper, Stuart Davis, Winslow Homer, Jacob Lawrence, and Charles Demuth; photographs by Walker Evans, Berenice Abbott, Alfred Stieglitz, Garry Winogrand, and Cindy Sherman; and drawings, lithographs, and posters, all celebrating this endlessly fascinating metropolis.
Fashion Isand#133; encourages readers to think about the myriad definitions of fashion. A Dior day suit. An Yves Saint Laurent minidress. A Japanese kimono. A Ferragamo shoe. A French court ensemble. A Schiaparelli hat. Fashion is glamour and attitude, texture and pattern, sexy and prim, luxurious and eccentric. It is above all a rich and evocative means of expression for both the designer and the wearer. Gathered here are costumes, regional dress, haute couture, and accessories from the fifteenth century to the present, as well as paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts relating to modes of dress.
Join Hello Kitty and her friends as they take a bite out of the Big Apple! Visit the Empire State Building, kayak under the Brooklyn Bridge, feed the pigeons at Central Park, enjoy Grand Central Terminal, ride the subway, and more! With sparse text and cheerful original scenic art, this casebound board book is a keepsake for Hello Kitty fans of all ages.
Praise for Hello Kitty, Hello New York
andquot;Young Hello Kitty fans, whether NYC natives or tourists, will appreciate seeing their favorite character taking in the sights.andquot;
About the Author
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere and the worldandrsquo;s most encyclopedic art museum under one roof. Founded in 1870, its permanent collection, housed in 17 curatorial departments, comprises more than 2 million works of art spanning 5,000 years of world culture, from prehistory to the present, from every part of the globe, in all artistic media, and at the highest levels of creative excellence.