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Title page from Jason Polan’s artist’s project

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Esopus 11 (Fall 2008)
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Artist’s Project: Jason Polan

By Jason Polan

For the fourth Esopus subscriber invitational, the New York–based artist asked readers to share their favorite things about the Big Apple. Polan received more than 100 submissions, and went on to draw each one from life.

Michigan native Jason Polan’s illustrations and projects have appeared in Metropolis, The New Yorker, and ARTNews. His self-published artists’ books include Every Piece of Art in the Museum of Modern Art, a collection of line drawings of all the artwork that was visible to the public at the museum during a two-week period in 2005. Polan has exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe, and his recent projects include “Every Person in New York,” an ongoing attempt to create a drawing of everyone he meets in his hometown of New York City, coillected into a book published by Chronicle Books in 2015, and “Things I Saw,” a weekly column for The New York Times’s Opinionator blog.