New York Art Deco captured in Rizzoli book due in September

 Image from ‘New York Art Deco: Birds, Beasts & Blooms’ by Andrew Garn © Rizzoli New York, 2022.


Image from ‘New York Art Deco: Birds, Beasts & Blooms’ by Andrew Garn © Rizzoli New York, 2022.

NEW YORK – This month, Rizzoli will release a book lauding the glories of New York City’s Art Deco architecture, from the best-known examples to overlooked gems, and from exteriors to interiors. Titled New York Art Deco: Birds, Beasts and Blooms, the hardcover was written and photographed by Andrew Garn and it is priced at $39.95.

New York City, a city rich in Art Deco architecture, is perhaps best-known for the forever-iconic Empire State and Chrysler buildings, both of which were bold and futuristic machine-age statements when they debuted in the early 1930s. Decorative Art Deco style is expressed in steel, in tile, in brass, in bronze and in stone buildings great and small — and in the engaging details showcased in this irresistible book.

Cover of ‘New York Art Deco: Birds, Beasts & Blooms’ by Andrew Garn © Rizzoli New York, 2022

Cover of ‘New York Art Deco: Birds, Beasts & Blooms’ by Andrew Garn © Rizzoli New York, 2022

Photographer Andrew Garn offers beguiling details from some 60 buildings including the extraordinary Fred F. French Building at 551 Fifth Avenue — one of Manhattan’s most dazzling examples of high Art Deco — whose ornate lobby is a marvel from the fan palm and fleur de lis-decorated architrave, and golden Assyrian equestrian archers on a field of onyx, to stunning chandeliers set with crystal feathers and slim bronze arrows shooting rays of illumination.

Image from ‘New York Art Deco: Birds, Beasts & Blooms’ by Andrew Garn © Rizzoli New York, 2022

Image from ‘New York Art Deco: Birds, Beasts & Blooms’ by Andrew Garn © Rizzoli New York, 2022

Beyond the legendary landmarks, we are invited to consider off-the-beaten path stunners near the Grand Concourse in the Bronx; a divinely embellished apartment house in Brooklyn Heights; and even some subway stations, among many other delights. The well-celebrated and the lesser-known gems exhibited through all-new photography result in a definitive treasure for anyone who loves the architecture and decorative arts of the Art Deco era.

Image from ‘New York Art Deco: Birds, Beasts & Blooms’ by Andrew Garn © Rizzoli New York, 2022

Image from ‘New York Art Deco: Birds, Beasts & Blooms’ by Andrew Garn © Rizzoli New York, 2022

About the photographer-author: Andrew Garn, a native New Yorker, is a fine art and editorial photographer whose work has been widely exhibited and has appeared in the pages of numerous magazines, including the New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Forbes, Interview, Vogue, Vibe, Time, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, French Photo, Elle Decor, New York and Bloomberg LP. He is the recipient of grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Graham Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the J. M. Kaplan Fund. He was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 2013 for his work documenting Stalin-era industrial plants in Siberia.

Image from ‘New York Art Deco: Birds, Beasts & Blooms’ by Andrew Garn © Rizzoli New York, 2022

Image from ‘New York Art Deco: Birds, Beasts & Blooms’ by Andrew Garn © Rizzoli New York, 2022

Garn’s previous books for Rizzoli and Universe include New York by Neighborhood, Exit to Tomorrow: History of the Future and The Houseboat Book. Eric P. Nash was a researcher for the New York Times for 25 years, where he wrote more than a hundred articles. He has written more than a dozen books on architecture, including SoHo New York with photographer Steve Kahn and Manhattan Skyscrapers. He won an AIA award for best writing about Florida for his MiMo: Miami Modern Revealed and was a finalist for an Eisner Award, the highest award for a book about comic arts, for his Manga Kamishibai: The Art of Japanese Paper Theater. Nash is currently completing Sky-high: A Critique of NYC’s Supertall Towers from Top to Bottom.