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New York Dick Hardcover – October 26, 2010

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About the Author

Galen Smith is a graphic designer living and working in New York City. In his twenty years as a designer and visual communicator he has created logos and branding systems, CD and LP packaging, posters, books, and a wide variety of graphic ephemera. For the past 10 years he has focused exclusively on book design. His work has been featured in American Corporate Identity, ID magazine, AM New York, and the New York Book Show.

Galen is a graduate of Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia, and a former faculty member at Parsons School of Design. For the past three years his weekends have been spent documenting poster defacements in the New York City subway system.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935613022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935613022
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,570,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Galen Smith subtitles his book of photographs NEW YORK DICK with the a seemingly straight forward comment: LEWD DRAWINGS AND OBNOXIOUS COMMENTS ON NEW YORK CITY ADVERTISING POSTERS. But what Smith has really done for us is provide a cascade of repeated phallic images as they have been affixed to walls and posters and sometimes simply open spaces in the city. His introduction is edifying in explaining the meaning behind the 'vandalism' and the comparison to the immediate Internet communication means of making anonymous statements is fun to read. And food for thought!

What follows in this well designed and reproduced book are simply photographs of 'defaced' posters with what appears to be the rapid felt tip pen application of hastily drawn male phalluses in the most imaginative places. An added feature to each display of vandalism is an insert showing the original poster or building side with arrows showing the insertion of the spontaneously applied art. Most of the time it is amusing and very often it appears to be making some fearless objections to mass media in general. Some people may find the applied symbols of male temperament offensive and those people don't need to share this book. For the sociologist or for the street art lover there is much to observe and drink in from this off the wall but very entertaining book. Grady Harp, May 11
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Street art doesn't get any more sophomoric than this! Galen Smith was able to assemble the art book that you always said you would do yourself, but NEVER did! No genre of ad is off limits to the street taggers of NYC and let's just come out and say it, so many ads in the subways and on street corners and construction sites are being so coy about the sex appeal they promise consumers, so why not just release that notion by adding some phalluses? Who knows what artists did these anonymous penii scrawled across ads for fashion, food, and entertainment and who could possibly explain their motivation? Mental illness sometimes comes to mind but some of these are wickedly clever in calling out what the advertisers were slyly attempting to merely invoke or subtly hint at. If you collect books on street art, this will definitely give a few chuckles while sitting on the coffee table. Definitely not safe for work, however!
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My friend Will had wanted to start a blog called Dicks in NY because he started quite a fine collection of photographs that all involved phallic images drawn onto various New York advertisements. Once I found this beauty, I knew he'd be disappointed that someone had beaten him to the punch, but he would still be quite happy with the collection. He received it for Christmas and absolutely loves it. And for the Amazon price, who can say no?
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