August 23, 2012
Fay Kleinman Retrospective
Courtesy of Joel Kleinman
From August 17 - September 14, 2012, Slusser Gallery at the University of Michigan School of Art & Design is presenting the paintings of Fay Kleinman (1912-2012).
The artist studied in New York City and her paintings were exhibited in that city, Massachusetts, and Europe. Not until some 16 years after moving to Ypsilanti in 1987 was her work shown in Southeast Michigan. Kleinman subsequently became quite popular in local venues.
This Slusser Gallery exhibit covers a range of Kleinman’s work — both in subject matter and media. It is a wonderful and possibly final opportunity to see her corpus, as her family will likely store the works in New York.
Read more about this exhibition at University of Michigan School of Art & Design.
August 21, 2012
Bern #06201, 2005
© Naoya Hatakeyama
Courtesy Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and Taka Ishii Gallery
The beautiful and sublime landscape photographs of Japan's Naoya Hatakeyama are currently on exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Consisting of more than 100 photographs and two video installations, this, his first solo exhibition in the U.S., spans Hatakeyama's entire career. His large-scale images depict the reciprocal and conflicting forces of nature and humanity, creating a transitory yet permanent account of our world.
Lisa Sutcliffe, curator of the exhibition, says Hatakeyama's work is a reflection of his contemplative and thoughtful nature. “I think of him almost as a scientist in the way he approaches his work,” she says. “His work is rational and considered. He is looking at things through space and time.”
The show runs at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art until November 4, 2012.
August 16, 2012
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August 13, 2012
51 years ago today began the construction of the Berlin Wall by the German Democratic Republic. The "Antifaschistischer Schutzwall" consisted of 12-foot concrete walls, guard towers, fencing and bunkers, all creating a barrier between East and West Germany in the 96 miles around Berlin. It effectively ended migration between the two countries until the political upheavals of 1989.
August 02, 2012
New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery
Grand Central Station, ca 1935-1941
Courtesy NYC Municipal Archives
New York City Municipal Archives Online Gallery is the city’s first ever online image database. It consists of over 870,000 photos covering 160 years of New York City history and subjects include daily life, landmarks, construction, crime scenes and more. In addition to photographs users are also able to access maps, moving images, and audio recordings.
Taken mostly by anonymous municipal workers, some of the images have appeared in publications but most were accessible only by visiting the archive offices in lower Manhattan over the past few years.