and then blogged about it…
On this winding Door Tour, hitting every stop from hip Williamsburg to elegant Sutton Place, the soul of New York City is revealed through this most unlikely medium. The remarkable row house doors, warehouse gates, extravagant entryways, and even construction sites documented here represent the people, culture, and attitude of the “City that Never Sleeps.” From welcoming to ominous, brazen to bleak, astonishing portals can be found in quiet neighborhoods in Queens, graveyards in the Bronx, and small stores in Manhattan. More classically beautiful doors adorn the homes of some of the wealthiest and most powerful people in America. Gorgeous entrances to hotel lobbies lure you into luxurious interiors. In Brooklyn, graffiti artists turn industrial zones into studios, doors into canvases. Allan Markman opens the door to a visual jam session of urban architecture, but you must walk through it yourself.
I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book when I picked it up. Really how many pages of doors would anyone person ever want to look at??? Apparently 176 in within the acceptable range, because I never felt that there were too many.
I really enjoyed this book, it’s a very interesting concept. I was grabbed before page one when in the index is had an image of a door with spray painted graffiti art depicting Diana Arbus’s image Boy with Hand Grenade (I believe the graffiti artist is Army of One). I couldn’t find the exact image but below shows the graffiti art depicted in a different place.
This book showcases all types of doors, but seemed to leaned more heavily on the painted/spray painted ones. Which I personally loved; I love that type of outdoor art. I liked that an effort was made at the end to note the location of the doors, I think it added an extra detention to the book. There was a good flow which made looking at all the images more interesting, the artist graphic design background would have been very noticeable even if he hadn’t mentioned it in the preface.