Knowing and Seeing

Reflections of Fifty Years of Drawing Cities

An acutely gifted draftsman, Doug Cooper employs his panoptical vision not only to record and rearrange the lay of the land, but also to infuse it with a distinct psychological flavor. His many representations of Pittsburgh mirror the city’s intensely built, verdantly wrinkled face, memorializing it with affection.
Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation

In Knowing and Seeing Douglas Cooper reflects on his long career as a muralist in various cities around the world, including in Pittsburgh. The essays in Knowing and Seeing are also personal, discussing family, memories from his childhood, mentorship by his professors at Carnegie Mellon University, and his collaborations. They are also instructive. Murals are not walls but provide the appearance as such and require the artist to have a different skill set that is part architect, part painter, and part builder.

124 Pages, 11 x 9 in.

October, 2019

isbn : 9780822945703