Author(s): Metropolitan Museum of Art
What is New York in the eyes of artists? This engaging book from the Metropolitan Museum of Art offers myriad answers to that question, pairing selected works in the museum's collection with simple, concise observations. The Flatiron Building is shape; the Empire State Building is line. Washington Square Park is joyous; Times Square is spectacle. Among the enduring images 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, lithograph and posters. Some of the words and images speak to our experiences of the city while others relate to a point of view expressed by the artist. All are simple reflections that encourage readers to observe, to think and to develop their own definitions of this endlessly fascinating metropolis.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere and the world's most encyclopedic art museum under one roof. Founded in 1870, its permanent collection, housed in seventeen curatorial departments, comprises more than 2 million works of art spanning 5,000 years of world culture.