Alumni News: Art History

First Pop AgeArt-Architecture ComplexHal (Harold) Foster (Art History, 1990) was one of two sole winners of the College Art Association’s 2013 Frank Jewett Mather Award for art criticism. He was honored for his two recent books, The First Pop Age: Painting and Subjectivity in the Art of Hamilton, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Richter, and Ruscha (Princeton University Press, 2012) and The Art-Architecture Complex (Verso, 2011). First presented in 1963 for art journalism and named after the art critic, teacher, and scholar who was affiliated with Princeton University until his death in 1953, the award honors significant art criticism that has appeared in publication in a one-year period; the 2013 award year is September 1, 2011–August 31, 2012.

Reba White Williams (Art History, 1996), after many years of writing nonfiction, began studying fiction writing, and her first novel Restrike (Delos), a mystery, will be published in June 2013; her second, Fatal Impressions, is forthcoming in February 2014. Her decision to earn a Ph.D. stemmed from print collecting, a passion she shared with her husband Dave Williams, and her dissertation, “The Weyhe Gallery Between the Wars, 1919–1940,” took as its topic a prominent art gallery specializing in prints. She and her husband were particularly interested in artists who worked for the WPA. In 2008, after a few small gifts were made to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the British Museum, she and her husband Dave donated a large part of the Reba and Dave Williams collection of 5,000 prints, as well as the books and files about the printmakers represented in the collection, and the building that housed them, to the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Through their Print Research Foundation, Williams and her husband continue to sponsor independent research on prints made by American artists, and the Williams Prize for articles about American prints published in Print Quarterly.

Submitted on: FEB 22, 2013

Category: Art History, Alumni News