Category Archives: Photography, Painting, Sculpture

Amazing Photography

From Chris Jordan‘s website:

This new series looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. […]This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed photographic prints assembled from tens-of-thousands of smaller images. The series is still in its early stages, and new images will be posted as they are completed.

And this is what it means:

“Cans Seurat, 2007
Digital C print, 6×7 feet

Depicting 106,000 aluminum cans, equal to the number of cans consumed in the US every thirty seconds.”

“Partial zoom”

“At full size”

Chris Jordan has other equally amazing photos based on statistics on his site. Worth the visit.

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A Ruined Dream

Le reve I was listening to the CBC radio Arts Report this morning and I’m sure that everyone who was also listening had the same reactions I had: a shake of the head, then a huge wince .

Steve Wynn, one of the richest men in the world, was in the process of selling Picasso’s Le Rêve (the painting shown here) for the mere sum of $139 million (that’s the shake of the head. Talk about inflation…). Nora Ephron’s blog entry, My Weekend in Vegas, tells the tale:

“This is the most money ever paid for a painting,” Steve Wynn said. The price was $4 million more than Ronald Lauder had recently paid for a Klimt. Oh, that Klimt. It had set a bar, no question of that, and Wynn was thrilled to have beaten it. He invited us to come see the painting before it moved to Connecticut, never to be seen again by anyone but people who know Steven Cohen.

So up they go the next day. Wynn apparently owns the largest private art collection, with Monets, Renoirs, Warhols, Matisses. He was showing off the Picasso, explaining the significance and the provenance when he

“[…] raised his hand to show us something about the painting — and at that moment, his elbow crashed backwards right through the canvas.

There was a terrible noise.

Wynn stepped away from the painting, and there, smack in the middle of Marie-Therese Walter’s plump and allegedly-erotic forearm, was a black hole the size of a silver dollar – or, to be more exactly[sic], the size of the tip of Steve Wynn’s elbow — with two three-inch long rips coming off it in either direction.”

Okay, huge wince. The New York Post has now dubbed Wynn “The Cubist Killer”. Needless to say, the sale is off.

(For a more balanced version of the story (although all the facts are true), the New Yorker has published this article.)

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