New York: Finger Paintings by Jorge Colombo
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If New York City is a state of mind, then Jorge Colombo captures the metropolis’ thoughts like no other.
Colombo’s beautiful illustrations of New York have graced the cover of The New Yorker several times, brilliantly depicting such icons as silhouetted rooftop water towers, the illuminated Chrysler Building at night, Fifth Avenue in the snow, or the ubiquitous hot dog stand. All of the images were finger painted on location on an iPhone; to passersby, the artist simply appeared to be sending text messages or reading a very long email.
This sophisticated volume presents one hundred of Colombo’s best pieces in full color, accompanied by his recollections and commentaries about each location. Every scene is unmistakably New York: familiar, grand, and timeless, yet filtered by modern, cutting-edge technology. Immediately recognizable to native New Yorkers, but also perfect for anyone who admires the Big Apple, this is a monograph of an artist and of a city.