Skyscrapers. Paul Maurer.


Serafina, NM: 2017. Artist's book, one of 6 copies, all on various papers, containing block prints in black and colored water-based inks, with building names hand-lettered in black Sumi ink with metal pen and the date of construction completion, signed by the artist on the colophon, Paul Maurer. Page size:6-1/4 x 12 3/4 inches; 14pp. Bound by the artist, Paul Maurer: leporello style in block-printed wrappers with row of skyscrapers in black with top border of star dingbats and bottom border of cars moving along street in front of skyscrapers, all over-printed with blue grid; blue paper collaged to end of front and back turn-ins, interior images on wrapper in black and white with gold background; dingbats of stars and three-rings on white ground at top and bottom of turn-ins, housed in green stiff cover fold-over case with black and white block print of Bank of China with gold border on front. One of the block prints has been repeated on glassine as the opening page (Empire State Building) as has the titlepage image of tower with "SKYSCRAPER" in white surrounded by aqua and pink and yellow border. Each page is hinged with the same aqua paper collaged as on the turn-ins with four different dingbats printed lengthwise on the aqua paper. The multi-color "sunrise" border appears on all the block prints. Other buildings included are: Woolworth Building, Chrysler Building, World Trade Center, Lipstick Building, Fountain Place, Landmark Tower, DG Bank Headquarters, Trump Tower, and Price Tower. These iconic structures are set against a turquoise blue sky with "sunrise" or "sunset" colored highlights with horizonal white lines - perfectly setting off the black and white verticals of the buildings. The buildings shimmer and hold the viewer's gaze. This is a fresh look at familiar images. Item #11299

Price: $1,250.00

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