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Public Art New York

Jean Parker Phifer (Author)


A tour of the best permanent public art in all five boroughs of New York City.

From outdoor sculpture in public plazas and landscapes to murals and works of art in lobbies accessible to the public, this book focuses on how exemplary works of public art enrich urban public space. Sponsored by the Municipal Art Society, Public Art New York is organized by neighborhood, with maps suitable for walking tours.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • March 2009
  • ISBN 978-0-393-73266-5
  • 5.6 × 8.3 in / 288 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Don’t make your next trip to New York without this guidebook. Handsomely laid out with a color photograph for each artwork, easy to carry, sturdy, and a good value for the money, it’s a good way of finding your way through the city’s treasure trove of outdoor art.” — Landscape Architecture Magazine

“An attractive sampling of New York’s most compelling and historical works of art in all five boroughs….informational and user-friendly.” — Public Art Review

“Given Phifer’s background as an architect, installations in and in front of buildings are found throughout, giving the guide a balanced view of what is considered art, in addition to what is considered public.” — Daily Dose of Architecture

“Phifer nimbly guides us to enhanced understanding of the who, what, and why of artworks that attract the attention of New Yorkers and visitors alike….the easy-to-carry paperback offers a personal selection of some of the best in Manhattan from the Battery to Inwood. Special given to superlative work in the other boroughs....lovingly photographed by Francis Dzikowski and skilfully described by Phifer. Buy this book and take it on a long walk through the open-air galleries that are our streets.” — Fredric Bell, Executive Director of the Center for Architecture

“Deftly written, it’s an indispensable guidebook to every monument worth seeing in Metropolis.” — Dan Gregory, Eye on Design

“[M]onumental….exceptional photographs….exhaustive text….Whether you are a tourist or a lifelong New Yorker, grab this book and treat yourself to an extraordinary walking tour of some of the best visual treats New York City has to offer.” — American Society of Media Photographers Bulletin

“Phifer reviews a wide sampling of the newest (and most iconic) works, and complements each with Francis Dzikowski’s photography and maps. For a locale that keeps its art on constant rotation, this is an ideal snapshot of the city as it exists today.” — American Style

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