Back to the Slums of His Youth, to Defuse the Ebola Time Bomb MONROVIA, Liberia — The girl in the pink shirt lay motionless on a sidewalk, flat on her stomach, an orange drink next to her, unfinished. People gathered on the other side of the street, careful to keep their distance. Dr. Radical Black Cities Occupy Wall Street has provided a dramatic reminder that cities still matter as spaces of participatory democracy and engaged citizenship. Yet while Occupy was criticized for being too white, in the United States, Blackness, once synonymous with the urban, now stands in for disappearance. The migrations from north to south, the exodus from city to suburb, and the renditions from the street to prison have all worked to undermine the idea of Black cities – and the very possibility of Black people living in cities. Gentrification and urban renewal, supported by the normalization of state-sanctioned terror against people of color through stop-and-frisk campaigns (not to mention the wholesale dragnet of the Muslim community), has acted to racially cleanse urban space.
Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. Chiho Aoshima Using Bezier curves, Chiho Aoshima creates extraordinary worlds populated with ghosts, zombies, and teenage girls. Debuting in the art scene with no formal art training, Chiho Aoshima’s work transcends traditional techniques of representation. Aoshima uses computer software to create beautiful and erotic worlds of ghosts, demons, schoolgirls, and exquisite natural landscapes. Artists - Marc Boutavant - Galleries - Marc Boutavant 1 London Heart Top Floor 100 De Beauvoir Road London N1 4EN T Tel 020 7254 5558 F Fax 020 7923 4791 firstname.lastname@example.org Google map New York Heart USA Inc. 611 Broadway Suite 734 New York NY 10012 T Tel 212 995 9386 F Fax 212 995 9386
André Kertész Expected by his family to work as a stockbroker, Kertész pursued photography independently as an autodidact, and his early work was published primarily in magazines, a major market in those years. This continued until much later in his life, when Kertész stopped accepting commissions. He served briefly in World War I and moved to Paris in 1925, then the artistic capital of the world, against the wishes of his family. In Paris he worked for France's first illustrated magazine called VU. Involved with many young immigrant artists and the Dada movement, he achieved critical and commercial success.
Summer Over the City The photographer George Steinmetz, whom Lauren Collins Profiled in the magazine in 2010, has shot his iconic aerial photographs from the skies over more than seventy countries, including China, Israel, and Libya. For the past year, however, Steinmetz, who lives in suburban New Jersey, has remained closer to home, trading his paraglider for a helicopter to explore New York City and its surroundings. As winter turned to summer, Steinmetz’s desolate, snow-covered scenes–the Coney Island carousel, a lot filled with Richard Serra sculptures–became vibrant landscapes replete with picnickers, athletes, and High Line promenaders. The photographs of familiar places in the city are mesmerizing in their detail: a ballet dancer in Central Park, a tennis player mid-leap, the reactions of sunbathers at Chelsea Piers.
The Art of Looking: What 11 Experts Teach Us about Seeing Our Familiar City Block with New Eyes by Maria Popova “Attention is an intentional, unapologetic discriminator. It asks what is relevant right now, and gears us up to notice only that.” “How we spend our days,” Annie Dillard wrote in her timelessly beautiful meditation on presence over productivity, “is, of course, how we spend our lives.” And nowhere do we fail at the art of presence most miserably and most tragically than in urban life — in the city, high on the cult of productivity, where we float past each other, past the buildings and trees and the little boy in the purple pants, past life itself, cut off from the breathing of the world by iPhone earbuds and solipsism.
Tao Liu TIME recently featured the brilliant work of Tao Liu, a 32-year-old street photographer based in Hefei, China. I’ve selected a bunch of my favourite images from his blog, below. Tao Liu’s Website UNION Home Exhibitions News Artists Projects Subscribe Contact ABOUT THE ARTIST / Yu Jinyoung GALLERY / Welcome 2007 YU Jinyoung Distortions, a photographic series by André Kertész Perception of the body can be blurred. Various contemporary photographers express this concept through elaborate processes of distortion. We investigate the origin of this language in the seminal work of André Kertész.
Astronomy Photographer of the Year This year the Royal Observatory’s annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition received a record 1700 entries. We had images from astrophotographers in over 50 countries from as far afield as Colombia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the Philippines. For the first time we even received a photograph taken from the edge of space! The photographs show a beautiful and diverse array of astronomical highlights from the last two years. With the help of our friends at BBC Sky at Night Magazine and Flickr, we asked you to submit photographs in the categories of Earth and Space, Our Solar System, Deep Space and Young Astronomy Photographer of the Year.
Manchester is the most linguistically diverse city in Europe It boasts City and United, Corrie, world-renowned bands and famously inclement weather. And now Manchester has another claim to fame: the city is arguably the most ethnically diverse in Europe and, possibly, second only to New York in the world. Linguists at the University of Manchester have discovered that their city boasts a population that speaks at least 153 languages, making it one of the world's most diverse places linguistically. Lisson Gallery Jason Martin effects oscillations between sculpture and painting, with the vigour of action painting but a controlled hand. He is perhaps best known for his monochromatic paintings, where layers of oil or acrylic gel are dragged across hard surfaces such as aluminium, stainless steel or Plexiglas with a fine, comb-like piece of metal or board in one movement, often repeated many times. Striations catch the light, their rhythmic textures suggestive of the ridges in a vinyl record, strands of wet hair, the grain of a feather – and whose titles flirt with association (Comrade, Amphibian, Corinthian). Martin does away with paint altogether in his wall-mounted casts of copper, bronze and nickel, whose surfaces are unctuous but frozen.
Made Not Manufactured - steve kenward photography Meeting the makers - highlighting some of the talented craftspeople that the UK has to offer. People that use traditional crafts to make something that still has relevance today. They are passionate about what they do and take care in everything they produce. Andy Doig - Neon Signs