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The nine major bridges of New York are more than structures of steel and stone. They define Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs. They connect peoples. They are the arteries by which the lifeblood of one of the greatest cities on Earth flows. They are a testament to the age in which we live. For these reasons and more, I have put brush to paper to capture these monuments to our modern age.
This unique set of limited edition prints of the nine major New York bridges contains a 16" x 20" giclee print of each bridge in an archival box. Each set is hand numbered and signed by me and, once they are gone, they will never appear in this form again.
There were only 99 sets created, which makes these unique sets a must for serious collectors, who plan to keep them in their original archival box for posterity, as well as art connoisseurs who plan to decorate their home or office with these magnificent works of art.
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A New York Times Video
A Tale of Two Bridges - Living City
In September 2014 the New York Times did a video about the Bridges of Manhattan. With thousands of bridges in New York State deemed structurally deficient, there are
two choices: repair or rebuild. The 60-year-old Tappan Zee Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge are the latest examples. Because of Antonio's extensive knowledge
and love of these bridges the New York Times asked him to be a part of the video.
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 large-scale, 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, to inform and delight artists, engineers, historians, architects, and city planners. No other book has focused specifically on these iconic spans or explained their historical importance.
New York's Golden Age of Bridges will encourage the understanding and appreciation of the art and history of bridges, explore the inestimable connections that bridges foster, and reveal the extraordinary impact of the nine Golden Age bridges on the city, the nation, and the world.
Masi's paintings are reproduced in lavish color, making a great coffee table book for New Yorkers, ex-New Yorkers, and wishes-they-were-New Yorkers.
Dim's essays are heartfelt reflections that exude a love for New York and wonder at the city's architectural marvels. Each Chapter offers a microhistory of the bridge, incorporating art, politics,city planning and infrastructure.
Both the paintings and the essays reflect highly personal connections with the bridges: Masi in particular is inspired by his own grandfather's work on the Queensboro.
New York's Golden Age of Bridges
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.
"The history of our bridges is fascinating as set forth in New York's Golden Age of Bridges by Antonio Masi and Joan Marans Dim. I've always loved the unique look of the many bridges connecting Manhattan to the other four boroughs of New York City. Now that I've been honored by having my name attached to the Queensboro Bridge, I have an even greater interest in reading the history of all the other bridges as well."
-Ed Koch, former mayor of New York City
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Antonio Masi, fascinated by bridges since childhood, began painting them a decade ago. He is drawn particularly to the 59th Street (the recently renamed Ed Koch Queensboro) Bridge, which his grandfather Francesco Masi helped build. Masi has won national and global acclaim for his paintings of New York City bridges.
Joan Marans Dim is the co-author of The Miracle on Washington Square: New York University. She lives in New York City.
Paintings by Antonio Masi
Essays by Joan Marans Dim
Hardcover: 112 pages
Size: 12" x 9"
Color Illustrations: 56
Published: October 2011
Published by: FORDHAM UNIVERSITY PRESS Distributed by: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN13: 9780823240654ISBN10: 0823240657