SPECK: A Curious Collection of Uncommon Things

3.85 avg rating
( 41 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781568982977: SPECK: A Curious Collection of Uncommon Things

In Speck, Peter Buchanan-Smith, Art Director of the New York Times Op-Ed page, asks artists, designers, lawyers, writers, collectors, and photographers to explore our obsessions with the small objects that loom large in our everyday lives. To wit: Maira Kalman empties people's pocketbooks; Nicholas Blechman and Jesse Gordon trace the history of the oldest piece of dust; David Horrowitz catalogs manhole covers; and Peter Buchanan-Smith unearths a 1966 high school yearbook and transcribes the inscriptions ("To a real sweet and cute guy with a great personality. Remember English III"). Speck also shows how "ordinary" people can fascinate as much as "ordinary" objects: an interview with shoe shiner Harry Kitt, Manhattan's last practitioner of the dry-shine, photographs taken by a blind man on a sight-seeing tour, and a barber's extensive collection of earth, water, and air from around the world ask us to re-think our assumptions about the commonplace.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Peter Buchanan-Smith is Art Director of the New York Times Op-Ed page.

From Publishers Weekly:

Disturbing closeups of lipsticks; a collection of heartbreakingly earnest lost-pet fliers; painstakingly documented differences in the scribbles produced by Eraser Mate or Dynagrip pens all help make up Speck: A Curious Collection of Uncommon Things. Peter Buchanan-Smith, art director of the New York Times Op-Ed page, presents various odd obsessions of 25 artists in various media, and the result is this set of 200 color and 50 b&w illustrations of "projects" that come dangerously close to drawing charges of haphazard artmaking and are all the more engaging for it.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Buchanan-Smith, Peter
Published by Princeton Architectural Press (2001)
ISBN 10: 1568982976 ISBN 13: 9781568982977
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton Architectural Press, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111568982976

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 49.05
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Buchanan-Smith, Peter
Published by Princeton Architectural Press
ISBN 10: 1568982976 ISBN 13: 9781568982977
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Princeton Architectural Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1568982976 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0665642

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds