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Every Person in New York

Every Person in New York

By Jason Polan, Foreword by Kristen Wiig


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Jason Polan is on a mission to draw every person in New York, from cab drivers to celebrities. He draws people eating at Taco Bell, admiring paintings at the Museum of Modern Art, and sleeping on the subway. With a foreword by Kristen Wiig, Every Person in New York, Volume 1 collects thousands of Polan's energetic drawings in one chunky book. As full as a phone book and as invigorating as a walk down a bustling New York street, this is a new kind of love letter to a beloved city and the people who live there.

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Size: 7 1/4 x 9 1/4 in;
Pages: 408 pp;
Format: Paperback
Publication: August 2015
ISBN: 9781452128238
Jason Polan is an illustrator whose work has been published in the New Yorker, Metropolis magazine, and in the New York Times as part of a weekly column. He has exhibited work internationally and has also drawn every piece of art in the Museum of Modern Art, twice. He lives in New York, of course.

Kristen Wiig is an actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She lives in New York.

Media Reviews

"From sleeping strangers to subway cellists to Nick Cave, a loving portrait of a city whose vibrant vitality never stands still."
—Brain Pickings

"In 2008, Jason Polan set himself the challenge of drawing every person in New York. Like Sufjan Stevens's aim to make 50 albums of the United States, it was essentially an impossible project, but what's come out of it is undoubtedly a success."
—New York Magazine

"In 400+ pages and 30,000 people, Jason presents a big-hearted and humanistic picture of the city. He draws at museums and on the subway, he draws his friends in loving detail and celebrities in unposed real-time situations, like Yoko Ono walking up the block away from him. There is a certain thrill in recognizing somebody in the pages of the book, but it’s the unknown train snoozers and the myriad of cab drivers drawn from the back seat that make up the bulk of the pleasure it delivers. There’s a thousand names and faces you might not recognize, and finding out who those people and why they ended up in the book requires paying attention, which Jason has been doing for years, pen and pad in hand. Getting to flip through years of his work at home, freed from seeing it on Instagram, and being able to look as closely and for as long as I like, has been one of the chief pleasures of my summer, which is all a long way to say: I think you will like this book."
—Lucky Peach

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