Lori Zimmer, Author & Maria Krasinski, Illustrator
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Lori Zimmer and Maria Krasinski, author and illustrator of the book Art Hiding in Paris: An Illustrated Guide to the City of Light (Running Press, November 2022), are childhood friends originally from Buffalo, New York, with a passion for art, art history, and finding the magic in the cities they live in. The pair’s first book,Art Hiding in New York (Running Press, September 2020), was received with acclaim, and centers around the abundance of murals, public art, master paintings, sculptures, artists homes and hidden installations that are hiding in plain sight in an ever-changing Manhattan. Their second collaborative book focuses on the already art-abundant City of Light, inviting readers to explore its wonders, and fascinating narratives, more deeply, both historical and modern. Art Hiding in Paris can be found at the gift shops in the Louvre and Centre Pompidou, as well as The Red Wheelbarrow Bookstore, Fluctuart, and Smith and Sons. Zimmer and Krasinski will discuss the journey from old friends to book partners, their love of New York (where Zimmer is based) and Paris (where Krasinski is based), and their hope that their books will inspire readers to find magic in art and art history wherever they are. Their third book together, Not Your Muse, will be published by Running Press in 2024.
Lori is a New York-based writer and author of four books including the recently published Art Hiding in Paris: An Illustrated Guide to the City of Light, which Forbes Magazine has called “The Perfect Companion for Exploring the City of Light.” Published by Running Press at the end of 2022, the book is the follow up to Art Hiding in New York: An Illustrated Guide to the City’s Secret Masterpieces, a love letter to the magic of art history in Zimmer’s home city that was published in 2020. Before focusing as a writer full time, Zimmer spent 12 years in the New York art world as an independent curator, critic, and advocate for artists’ rights. She has been a consultant and artist liaison for copyright infringement cases with the New York law firm Kushnirsky Gerber PLLC since 2015. Zimmer currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Historic Districts Council of New York City.
Maria Krasinski is an artist, educator, and the illustrator of the Art Hiding series. Her work has been described as “charming,” “whimsical,” and “playful” (as well as the technically-correct “just pencil drawings” from one Amazon reviewer). A graduate of the University of Chicago, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Tbilisi, Georgia, where the Art Hiding collaboration was born when Lori came to visit in 2018. Now based in Paris, Maria runs a nonprofit news and media literacy platform for young people around the world, while running up all the stairs in Montmartre. In 2022, Maria achieved the lifelong goal of Johnny Gilbert saying her name on national television when she finished in second place on Jeopardy! (nevermind that she got a French art history clue wrong).