During the summer of 2018, Emiliano Ponzi spent twenty one days exploring California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada: American West is his travel journal of life drawings accompanied by a few lines of writing. The result is an incredible account of the western States and the legendary scenery that still takes our breath away in pop culture and literature: from Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur to John Steinbeck’s Monterey and David Hockney’s Los Angeles.
Atmospheres and “snapshots” are immortalized with all the immediacy of sketches in a notebook, only digital. After seeing a few, The New Yorker asked to publish them on its Art Department’s Instagram feed (@newyorkerart).
These illustrations now come in a box set in the same square format, which also includes a booklet with texts by Mario Calabresi and Nicholas Blechman and 30 pages to use, mix and match and read together or individually, spread across a table or hanging from a wall.
Emiliano Ponzi is one of the most important Italian contemporary illustrators. He works with international publishing houses, newspapers and magazines such as “The New York Times”, “Le Monde”, “The New Yorker”, Penguin Books, Feltrinelli. His clients include the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Armani, Ferrari and Lavazza. Ha has published 10×10 (Corraini Edizioni, 2011), The Journey of the Penguin (Penguin Books, 2015) and The Great New York Subway Map (MOMA New York, 2018).