American Utopia

American Utopia

by David Byrne, Maira Kalman


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David Byrne worked with artist Maira Kalman to translate his live Broadway show, American Utopia, into the printed matter. And, if there are any two people who can make our eyes jump as if we were at a concert, or Broadway musical, it’s Byrne and Kalman. Between the Spike Lee film version of the stage show AND this book, we will get to enjoy these artists’ world view. There is utter joy in seeing Kalman’s illustrations. She truly captures the David Byrne vibe. Together, they create a world where we take a step forward with a shimmy and go through life with a handshake.

From former Talking Heads frontman and multimedia visionary David Byrne and revered bestselling author, illustrator, and artist Maira Kalman—an inspiring celebration in words and art of the connections between us all.

Don't miss the Spike Lee film of the Broadway hit American Utopia—on HBO.
A Beat Most Anticipated Graphic Novel of Fall 2020

A joyful collaboration between old friends David Byrne and Maira Kalman, American Utopia offers readers an antidote to cynicism, bursting with pathos, humanism, and hope—featuring his words and lyrics brought to life with more than 150 of her colorful paintings.

The text is drawn from David Byrne's American Utopia, which has become a hit Broadway show and is now a film from Spike Lee on HBO. The four-color artwork, by Maira Kalman, which she created for the Broadway show's curtain, is composed of small moments, expressions, gestures, and interactions that together offer a portrait of daily life and coexistence.

With their creative talents combined, American Utopia is a salvo for kindness and a call for jubilation, a reminder to sing, dance, and waste not a moment. Beautifully designed and edited by Alex Kalman, American Utopia is a balm for the soul from two of the world's most extraordinary artists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635576689
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/27/2020
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 27,657
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

David Byrne was born in Scotland in 1952 and is now an artist, writer, and musician who since 1974 has lived in New York City. He has a daughter and a grandson.
Maira Kalman was born in Tel Aviv in 1949 and is now an artist, writer, and designer who since 1954 has lived in New York City. She has a daughter, a son, and two grandchildren.

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