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Steel Shadows: Murals and Drawings of Pittsburgh

Cooper, Douglas; Armstrong, Richard (intr.)

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ISBN 10: 0822941449 / ISBN 13: 9780822941446
Published by University Of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, 2000
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Inscribed by the author to Richard Armstrong, the former head of the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh and author of the introduction. 2000, First printing. 173 pp. Hardcover. A Fine copy in slate cloth, in a Fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 0067408

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Title: Steel Shadows: Murals and Drawings of ...

Publisher: University Of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First printing.

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This work offers unusual, unique and highly personalized images of Pittsburgh, combined with prose. Douglas Cooper details the inspiration for his artistic vision, the formal properties of his art and how it relates to architecture.


“Having encountered Douglas Cooper’s stunning murals of Pittsburgh in their original grand scale, I imagined it would be difficult to capture their sweeping sense of place within the confines of a book. .. Yet the University of Pittsburgh Press has done just that in a handsome volume entitled Steel Shadows . . . Mr. Cooper has set a very high standard in capturing the drama of Pittsburgh geography, using only the subtle gradiations of black and white and a keen eye for detail.  Perhaps improbably, Mr. Cooper not only manages to portray the natural curves of the city’s rivers and hills, but also the manic attempt to impose order on them with mills and bridges, sjyscrapers and row houses.  Infused with a string sense of the past, Mr. Cooper’s trick is to provide every necessary detail for convincing realism while creating an overall effect that seems nothing short of fantasy. “
--Pittsburgh Business Times

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