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Ai Wei Wei’s Sunflower Seeds

There is more to Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s installation than meets the eye. Bend and pick up one of the “pebbles” and you can see that it resembles a sunflower seed encased in its striped husk. In fact, each one – and there are 100 million of them, covering an area of 1,000 square metres [...]

Henri Cartier-Bresson

A Cartier-Bresson picture taken in Shanghai, 1948, shows people storming a bank for gold in the days before the Communist forces arrived. A 1972 photo of a Georgian family picnicking near a medieval monastery A Photographer Whose Beat Was the World, New York Times Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century MoMA April 11—June 28, 2010

Klein’s Rome

In 1956, the photographer William Klein arrived in Rome to assist Federico Fellini on his film Nights of Cabiria (1957). When the start of filming was delayed, Klein spent his time strolling about the city with Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Alberto Moravia, and other avant-garde Italian writers and artists serving as his guides. It was [...]

Wiltshire’s New York

Stephen Wiltshire of London is drawing a panorama of New York City from memory. Wiltshire, who has autism, took a 20-minute ride over the city in a helicopter last Friday. Wiltshire has drawn panoramas of eight cities: Tokyo, Rome, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Madrid, Dubai, Jerusalem, and London. The New York panorama will be his ninth [...]

Camouflage

The 36-year-old Liu Bolin paints on himself to blend into his surroundings. Liu poses and works for up to 10 hours at a time on a single photo. Sometimes passerbys don’t even realize he is there until he moves. Liu sees his work as a silent protest against the Government’s persecution of artists. The Chinese [...]

The Americans

Funeral—St. Helena, South Carolina, 1955 Charleston, South Carolina, 1955 Trolley—New Orleans, 1955 “It is always the instantaneous reaction to oneself that produces a photograph.” —Robert Frank Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans The Metropolitan Museum of Art September 22, 2009—January 3, 2010

Afghanistan’s Hidden Treasures

Limestone fountain spout. Gold necklace set with turquoise, garnet, and pyrite. Folding gold crown. Could be laid flat and packed in a saddlebag when the tribe moved from place to place. Omara Khan Massoudi knows how to keep a secret. Massoudi is director of the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul. Like the French citizens [...]

Waste Not

Purely to survive, Song Dong’s parents adhered to the Cultural Revolutionary dictum of frugality in daily life, with his mother carrying conservation to extravagant lengths. The Collected Ingredients of a Beijing Life, New York Times Waste Not MoMA June 24—September 7, 2009

Flags

Flag, 1954-1955 White Flag, 1955 Three Flags, 1958 “I make what it pleases me to make… I have no ideas about what the paintings imply about the world. I don’t think that’s a painter’s business. He just paints paintings without a conscious reason. I intuitively paint flags.” —Jasper Johns

Harlem, 1970

The neighborhood was like a rundown version of Paris in which life was lived outside, on the streets, amid the fading glory of its grand boulevards. The Harlem That Was by Camilo José Vergara, Slate Harlem, 1970-2009: Photographs by Camilo José Vergara New York Historical Society April 30—July 12, 2009

Store Front

Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York James & Karla Murray | Ginkgo Press

The Art of Tehching Hsieh

“Wasting time is my concept of life. Living is nothing but consuming time until you die.” —Tehching Hsieh The Art of Tehching Hsieh, New York Times