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One Track Mind

One Track Mind

Drawing the New York Subway

Princeton Architectural Press


By Ezra Bookstein; By Jeremy Workman; Foreword by Jonathan Lethem


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For decades, Philip Ashforth Coppola has meticulously documented the New York City subway in a series of extraordinary drawings, detailing the terracotta mosaics, faience, and tile patterns that millions of riders pass by every day. Coppola’s drawings are what Hyperallergic calls “the most encyclopedic history of the art and architecture of the New York City subway system.” Along with Coppola’s intricate ink drawings are anecdotes he assembled through painstaking research involving hundreds of hours poring through microfilms to discover the names behind the artisanship of what is rightly called New York’s largest public art work—its legendary subway system.

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Format: Hardcover
Publication: May 2018
ISBN: 9781616896744
Jeremy Workman, a New York-based filmmaker, directed "One Track Mind," a documentary about Philip Ashforth Coppola, in 2005.

Ezra Bookstein, a filmmaker, producer, and sculptor living in Brooklyn, is author of The Smith Tapes: Lost Interviews with Rock Stars & Icons, 1969–1972.

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