I am happy to announce A Love Letter To the City, a new book from Princeton Architectural Press, that will be published Februrary 4th, right in time for Valentine’s Day. The book documents Love Letter projects we have painted in Coney Island, Dublin, Philadelphia, Syracuse, Brooklyn, Sao Paulo, and Johannesburg. It’s a little bit of a memoir, and largely a how-to book on making relevant and resonant public art. The foreword was written by esteemed MoMA PS1 curator Peter Eeley, who 10 years ago helped us break into the fun house that was Coney Island. Eeley’s art world trajectory is a fun house mirror reflection of mine, and I’m grateful to pull faces at it.
So. There are about 30 pages of the book up on Amazon right now and here is a link to download another 37 pages (allow time to load). Together it is roughly half of the book. If you feel like it’s enough to form an opinion, leave one on Amazon and I’ll buy you a seltzer (terms and conditions apply). If, after that, you want it all, we have a limited supply of A Love Letter To the City in hardcover currently available in the shop.
Oh and finally, no matter the weather, we are working on painting a Love Letter to a great New York Institution, the Strand Book Store. It is literally a storied institution and great on at least 4 levels (including and especially the underground). I’ve been lurking in the stacks, and I’m truly grateful for the opportunity to lurk and learn. Anybody complaining about the old new york being gone (I see and hear you Luc Sante) should take a walk over to 12th and Broadway and drink in the majesty of the Strand. You may see me there, drunk in the aisle, penning mash notes to the alikeness of great minds.