Skyscrapers of New York, By Dr. Seth Gopin. (Paperback), 112 pages. Illustrated. Includes bibliographical references.
The Skyscrapers of New York by Dr. Seth Gopin explores twenty iconic Manhattan buildings. From George Post’s Old New York Times Building erected in 1889 to Frank Gehry’s 8 Spruce Street completed in 2011, the history of New York’s great buildings is an American story.
The book will delight both locals and visitors. For native New Yorkers, it will reveal hidden secrets about the buildings they know so well. For first-time visitors, the portable book can serve as a guide to the city and its stupendous skyscrapers.
Dr. Gopin taught Art History for 30 years at Rutgers University. He draws from his dynamic teaching style to treat each building as a work of art and place it into both a historic and aesthetic context.
The text's preliminary essay examines the technical and sociological reasons that led to the rise of the skyscraper. Following are twenty case studies of major skyscrapers, which explore diverse aspects of their history, the corporate leaders who commissioned them, and their technological innovations.
Over 125 photographs, almost all in color, convey the vivacity of New York City's iconic buildings.
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Jean Baptiste Vanmour, Peintre de la Sublime Porte, 1671-1737, Valenciennes : Musée des beaux-arts, . (Paperback), In French, 215 p. : ill. Catalog of an exhibition held at Musée des beaux-arts de Valenciennes (France), Oct. 23, 2009-Feb. 7, 2010. Includes bibliographical references.
This exhibition catalog was done for a show held at the Museum of Fine Arts of Valenciennes (France) from 23 October 2009 to 7 February 2010. This exhibition was the first retrospective done in France on this important artist. The show was organized in conjunction with the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and part of the French nationwide celebration, “Year of Turkey,” held throughout the country in 2009 and 2010.
Seth Gopin (Ph.D. 1992) was the chief curator for the exhibition, Jean Baptiste Vanmour, Peintre de la Sublime Porte, 1671-1737. The subject of his Rutgers Ph.D. dissertation, Vanmour was born in Valenciennes, a town in northern France which was also the natal home of Jean Antoine Watteau and Jean Baptiste Pater, and then traveled to Constantinople in the entourage of the French ambassador. He stayed in the Ottoman capital for almost four decades and painted scenes of life in that city for all the western ambassadors and merchants. These works returned to all corners of Europe and influenced eighteenth-century artists from Watteau to Hogarth and the Guardi brothers. A century later, even Ingres used Vanmour’s imagery for some of his harem scenes.
Because of a recent restoration of the 65 Vanmour paintings in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Dr. Gopin was also able to define the hand of Vanmour and his large atelier much more clearly than ever before. The event was supported in part by the French government’s “Saison de Turquie,” a year-long celebration of Turkey and Turkish culture. The exhibition and accompanying 250-page catalog mark the first time that an exhibition has focused exclusively on this artist.
On 22 October 2009, the festivities started with the unveiling of a square named after Vanmour. Dr. Gopin had lobbied the town officials to name a street after the artist and, much to his surprise, they named a square near the house where Vanmour was born and raised. The opening itself was a grand affair with over 400 people. The following day, he gave an inaugural lecture of the Vanmour series to a packed hall. The 1½-hour lecture, all in French, was very well received.
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Thomas Paine in Lewes 1768-1774: A Prelude to American Independence (Paperback) by Paul Myles (Author, Editor), Colin Brent (Author), Deborah Gage (Author), Dr. Seth Gopin (Preface)
"Despite its brevity, it has only fifty-eight pages, this book incorporates important new material derived from the largely unpublished research of the late George Hindmarch into the reasons why Paine embarked on writing his first recorded work, The Case of the Officers of Excise. This gives it an importance out of all proportion to its size."
Robert Morrell, M.B.E. Editor, Journal of Radical History of the Thomas Paine Society.
Tom Paine’s six years in Lewes proves to be the formative years for the development of this revolutionary figure. The book uncovers new knowledge about Thomas Paine in England before his departure to America. This represents a paradigm shift in pre-American Paine research at the same time as describing a lively 18c Lewes and rich character accounts.
Paine's nature is revealed through rigorous research of his career as an officer of excise. Paine spoke for the excise men, including his superiors, with one voice to every member of both houses of Parliament, every excise man and important businessmen of the day. His first pamphlet written in Lewes in 1772 ' The Case of the Officers of Excise' was the first nationwide unionization in the United Kingdom and foreshadowed the modern lobbying system of green and white papers. Deborah Gage reveals insights to General Thomas Gage, the Commander in Chief of the British forces on the other side to Thomas Paine, which show that the British forces, as well as the colonists, suffered from King George III insensate policies. This is also a beautiful book if images showing a rare portrait of Paine painted in London in 1790, landscapes of Lewes in 1768, the year Paine rode into Lewes, by Dominic Serres, and an image of Clio Rickman by Hazlitt. This book was forged in the preparations for the 200th anniversary of Thomas Paine's life and shows Paine's debt, and possibly America's developmental debt to the Town of Lewes.