"Luckily, she started drawing the city 30 years ago, when much of Manhattan was still pre-corporate and untamed. These drawings render the distilled essence of New York City, a strong and complex blend of flavors." Luc Sante
I am a UK artist and after my first sight of New York in 1988 I was compelled to go and draw the city, drawing directly from life, in the streets. I sit for hours at a time, sometimes a whole day, working large-scale in ink and colour on paper and have made several hundred drawings in this way, from recognised sights to ordinary corners, people and daily life. I feel very intimate with the city through staring at for so long and as it has changed the collection of drawings reflects something of its story.
In my career as an illustrator I've worked for many different companies, publications, and organisations including the New Yorker, New York Magazine, the Guardian, Times and Telegraph; the Victoria and Albert Museum, Bloomberg and publishers Penguin, Bloomsbury and Little, Brown. This often means being sent out to draw people, places and things: the practice known as ‘reportage’.
But the New York drawings were not commissioned by anyone. They are my own project.
With your support this book will for the first time reveal and re-assemble around ninety drawings made between 1988 and 2018.
Working with the designer Simon Esterson we are producing the book independently and by using Kickstarter we have total control of the design and quality of production, resulting in a beautiful edition - if we reach the target !
I am delighted that the introduction will be by Luc Sante, the brilliant writer and chronicler of cities, known best for Low Life : Lures and Snares of Old New York.
Designer Simon Esterson is the Creative Director of Eye magazine and has made books for the Tate Gallery, the Royal Academy of Art and the Design Museum.
The book shown is a prototype that we made to test the design. This is how the finished book will look but with the spacing and pacing of the drawings to be decided.
In real life the drawings are up to 70 cms (28 inches) wide and the book's generous size means details are not lost. Printing will be in Italy on Fedrigoni white and coloured paper stock. The foil stamped greyboard cover is reminiscent of the texture of many of the drawings.
Many of the early drawings were exhibited and sold in shows in 1999 and 2002. Some have been published (such as Washington Square chess players in New York Magazine's Reasons to Love New York issue last December). But others lie in drawers, still unseen and awaiting their moment.
Sections will be divided into neighbourhoods and geographical areas, including drawings at 'Ground zero' around the site of the World Trader Center and behind the scenes at the clearing operation, which I did in the winter of 2001-2.
CHOICE OF TWO LARGE POSTERS
SILKSCREEN LIMITED EDITION PRINT
THE BOWERY: ORIGINAL WORK No.1
WORLD OF BEAUTY : ORIGINAL WORK No.2
- Size: 310 x 270mm / 12.2 x 10.6 inches
- Pages: 132
- Drawings: 90 approx
- Reprographics: high quality new scans will be created, where necessary
- Colour: 4/4 CMYK
- Printing: in Italy on Fedrigoni white and coloured paper stock
- Binding: thread-sewn in sections of 12
- Cover: foil stamped greyboard
- Introduction by Luc Sante http://lucsante.com/
- Editor Olivia Ahmad, Curator, the House of Illustration
- Design Simon Esterson / Esterson Associates
Director Joe Bookchin; Camera Joe Bookchin, Kevin McCarthy, Thomas Piper, Sebastian Sharples; Editing Fraser Bensted also Joe Bookchin, Mathew Goudey, Lea Gratch; Assistance Jessie Russell Donn; Still photographs (mono) Michael Ackerman, (colour) Jo Rogers; Interiors courtesy of Kat McCord and Thackway McCord; Music Wonderpass© by Gabriel Taylor
Risks and challenges
The drawings already exist, the design has been chosen and the printing will be done in Italy by a company very familiar to the designer and one of the best printers of art books in Europe. The book is well on its way to being produced, it's not a project that is starting from scratch. This means we have high hopes for completing the project for the December 2019 delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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