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March 30, 2002  
Pictures of Mexico City, and more, including buildings and fountains
posted by Thomas

March 25, 2002  
Richard Misrach has an exhibition of photos of a flooded Nevada desert.


It's at 210 Robert Mann (210 11th Ave. at 25th St. in Manhattan) thru April 27, 2001
posted by Thomas

March 24, 2002  
Paul Goldberg on Architecture

Paul Goldberg writes for the New Yorker on issues relating to architecture. Recently I've enjoyed a couple of his pieces:

The rebranding of 745 7th Ave.. This is a skyscraper near Times Square notable for it's facade of LCD displays plastered along the lower floors of the building. The display is meant to be abstract but when the building was sold from Morgan Stanley to Lehman brothers, certain changes were in order. Click for some pictures and more pictures

745 7th Ave.

On Prada and Toys R Us, two stores which use flashy architecture to please the masses and disguise the fact that their respective spaces are dark, musty, Manhattan grottos.
posted by Thomas

March 15, 2002  
David Hockney's Secret Knowledge

David Hockney's book, Secret Knowledge,claiming the wide-spread use of mirrors, lenses and other optical devices in European painting is a great read. The theory is very convincing. The color reproductions are fantastic. The text is concise and to the point. The juxtapositions [Ingres and Worhol, Hockney and Van Eyck] are a joy.

Reading the book engaged me with the paintings, forced me to notice their details, in a way that a catalog or monograph would not. Knowing that Caravaggio used lenses to project images of his models takes nothing from my appreciation of his work.

Pearblossom Highway by David Hockney

If you can't read the book or [even better] see the old masters' paintings in museums, you can read two articles by Lawrence Wenschler. The first, published in the New Yorker, describes the beginnings of Hockney's discoveries. The second, from ArtKrush, was published a year later and chronicled later discoveries. Wenschler is very readable and the second article has many details and reproductions from the book. It's a good summary.
posted by Thomas

March 11, 2002  
Kay Hassan

PS1 is a contemporary art museum in Queens with a current exhibit on contemporary African art. This work below, by South African artist Kay Hassan redeemed the entire show for me. It's a collage made of scraps of billboard paper. From a distance it looks like an excavated fresco from a lost, colorful civilization. Neither the thumbnail, nor the larger version it links to do it much justice.

[click for larger version]

You can also read this good interview with the artist. Amazon also has a book on Hassan. The photographs of Seydou Keita, a photographer from Mali, were also a highlight.
posted by Thomas

March 07, 2002  
Edward Burtynsky is a Canadian photograhper who produces large prints of incredible detail [i'm guessing with an 8x10 view camera] of things like Bangladeshi Shipbreakers, Californian Tire Dumps, and Compacted Cars.
posted by Thomas

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My name's Thomas Locke Hobbs. I used to live in Argentina, now I am in New York City. I grew up in California. I'm a bit suspicious as the value of keeping a weblog, but I do it anyway. Go to my home page for more about me.

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Xblog, Virginia Postrel, Signal vs. Noise, Peterme, Obscure Store, Metafilter, Media News, Lonely Planet Daily Scoop, Lightningfield, Kottke, Joel on Software, Dan Bricklin, Camworld, Arts and Letters Daily,

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