In New York's Golden Age of Bridges, artist Antonio Masi teams up with writer and New York City historian
Joan Marans Dim to offer a multidimensional exploration of New York City's nine major bridges, their artistic and
cultural underpinnings, and their impact worldwide.
The tale of New York City's bridges begins in 1883, when the Brooklyn Bridge rose majestically over the East River, signaling the start of America's "Golden Age" of bridge building. The Williamsburg followed in 1903, the Queensboro (renamed the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge) and the Manhattan in 1909, the George Washington in 1931, the Triborough (renamed the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge) in 1936, the Bronx-Whitestone in 1939, the Throgs Neck in 1961, and the Verrazano-Narrows in 1964. Each of these classic bridges has its own story, and the book's paintings show the majesty and artistry, while the essays fill in the fascinating details of
its social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental history.
America's great bridges, built almost entirely by immigrant engineers, architects, and laborers, have come to symbolize not only labor and ingenuity but also bravery and sacrifice. The building of each bridge took a human toll. The Brooklyn Bridge's designer and chief engineer, John A. Roebling, himself died in the service of bridge building. But beyond those stories is another narrative-one that encompasses the dreams and ambitions of a city, and eventually a nation.
At this moment in Asia and Europe many modern, largescale, long-span suspension bridges are being built. They are the progeny of New York City's Golden Age bridges. This book comes along at the perfect moment to place these great public projects into their historical and artistic contexts and to inform and delight artists, engineers, historians, architects, and city planners. In addition to the historical and artistic perspectives,
New York's Golden Age of Bridges explores the inestimable connections that bridges foster, and reveals the extraordinary impact of the nine Golden Age bridges on the city, the nation, and the world.
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Number of pages: 140
Weight: 987 g
Dimensions: 229 x 305 x 20 mm
. . . Offer[s] a multidimensional exploration of New York City's nine major bridges. . . Each of these classic bridges has its own story, and the book's paintings show the majesty and artistry, while the essays fill in the fascinating details of its social, cultural, economic, political and environmental history. * -The Artist's Life *
For most of us bridges are massive immovable structures of steel, cement and cables; marvels of engineering that we don't understand. We take them for granted as they transport us from one place to another. As seen through the eyes of Antonio Masi and portrayed in his powerful paintings bridges become beautiful, and as ethereal as medieval cathedrals. His paintings, like the bridges, also take us from one place to another. Antonio's place is a place where his artistic vision, his magical light and movement let us understand his personal connection to these bridges and marvel at the beauty he presents for our enjoyment. -- -Jim McFarlane * President, American Watercolor Society *
Poetic and enlightening, New York's Golden Age of Bridges pairs Antonio Masi's masterful watercolors with Joan Marans Dim's entertaining essays. Masi makes his own contribution to the rich artistic heritage celebrating the city's great landmarks. His command of watercolor conveys both the mighty weight and the evocative delicacy of New York's soaring spans, while Dims' commentary offers insights into the artist's life-long engagement with the subject, his aims and influences. Their stirring collaboration will take its place on the bookshelves of New York devotees. -- -Pamela N. Koob * Curator, Permanent Collection, The Art Students League of New York *
"New York's Golden Age of Bridges" uses paintings by Antonio Masi and essays by Joan Marans Dim to span the gaps in the skyline by focusing on the physical connections that helped create Greater New York." * -The New York Times *
"Many books have been written about the bridges of New York, as evidenced by the volumes cited in this work. Yet, the idea of framing descriptive text and a highly personalized story around critically acclaimed works of fine art is a unique approach. Through the visual interpretation of Antonio Masi, the bridges take on different personae according to mood, physicality, vantage point, and time of day. Joan Marans Dim's essays are a translation of the process for the reader and viewer and bring a contextual richness to viewing the works that might otherwise be missing." -- -Nancy Murphy Cricco * University Archivist, New York University *
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