Avery Library Highlight on New Books 2007

Avery Library Highlight on New Books

Watching art: writings in honor of James Beck: studi di storia dell'arte in onore di James Beck


This bilingual festschrift commemorating Columbia University Professor of Art History and Archaeology James H. Beck on his seventy-fifth birthday was edited by Lynn Catterson and Mark Zucker. Thirty-one articles are generously illustrated both in black & white and in color. Like Catterson and Zucker, many of the contributors are former students of Beck; others are friends and associates. Catterson and Zucker’s introduction summarizes Jim Beck’s broad, sometimes controversial career as an art historian.  Having begun his career as a painter, he turned to Renaissance art history after a stint as a visiting artist at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Florence. Please accept this volume as an enduring tribute to his work as an art historian.

Contributions by Pellegrino d'Acierno, Laurie Schneider Adams, Wayne Andersen, Gail Aronow, Alessio Assonitis, Paul Barolsky, Eleonora M. Beck, Hans Belting, Gabriel Blumenthal, Perry Brooks, Denise M. Budd, Giuseppe A. Centauro and Enzo Settesoldi, Evelyn M. Cohen, Mary D. Edwards, Yael Even, Creighton Gilbert, Joseph Manca, Norberto Massi, Julia I. Miller, Alessandro Parronchi, Carlo Pedretti, Donald Martin Reynolds, Elinor M. Richter, Jonathan Riess, David Rosand, Jane Schuyler, Craig Hugh Smyth, John T. Spike, Anchise Tempestini, William E. Wallace, Hellmut Wohl.

Watching art : writings in honor of James Beck ; studi di storia dell'arte in onore di James Beck. Edited by Lynn Catterson and Mark Zucker. Todi (Perugia): Ediart, 2006. Located in the stacks at N5302 B37.

Fragments: architecture and the unfinished: essays presented to Robin Middleton


The ideal of wholeness and finality that we associate with the aspirations of architects in antiquity was a matter of debate from the Renaissance onward and, both deliberately and inevitably, was shattered in the modern era. The underlying theme of this volume of essays – fragmentation in architecture since the mid-eighteenth century – has offered each of the twenty-one contributors the opportunity to explore, in individual scholarly ‘fragments’, topics that resonate with Robin Middleton’s personal and professional interests.

The range of subject matter embraces the architectural effects and philosophical implications of fragmentation, examinations of the picturesque gardens of eighteenth-century England and France, as well as of major schemes undertaken by Robert Adam and Sir John Soane, and in the twentieth century explores aspects of modernist domestic architecture by Ernö Goldfinger and the work of several masters of the poetic fragment – Le Corbusier, Carlo Scarpa, Louis Kahn and Frank Gehry.--from the book jacket.

Contributions by Christopher Drew Armstrong, Barry Bergdoll, Peter Carl, Vittoria Di Palma, Joseph Disponzio, Phillippe Duboy, Kenneth Frampton, Ian Gow, Eileen Harris, John Dixon Hunt, Sylvia Lavin, Neil Levine, Mary McLeod, Jean Michel Massing, Werner Oechslin, Alan Powers, Sean Sawyer, Dalibor Vesely, David Watkin, Edward Wendt, Richard Wittman.

Fragments: architecture and the unfinished : essays presented to Robin Middleton. Edited by Barry Bergdoll and Werner Oechslin. London: Thames & Hudson, 2006. Located in the stacks at N5302 M584.