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There's little of what Susan Sontag, referring to photojournalism's relationship to war, called "the photography of conscience." There's no Goya, nothing wrenching or ravishing. Mumford obviously cares about the troops, but his drawings have an academic, bleached-out detachment. The work is attentive but not insightful, detailed but not affecting. You never get the feeling he's examined the moral ambiguity of war, the guilt, adrenaline rush, deprivation, or self-gratification of it. The pictures are proficient but impersonal.

- bill 9-27-2005 2:58 am [link] [1 comment]

smithson blitz at nyt

- bill 9-17-2005 2:53 am [link] [add a comment]

A westside weekend:

The Kitchen and Highline 'block party'

Smithson's 'Floating Island' realised

(not in order of preference)

- selma 9-15-2005 3:09 am [link] [add a comment]

artbot: the robot talent show / dublin

mit geek warning: "I commented to one MIT doctoral candidate that I'd always enjoyed meeting MIT people and never found them to be obsessive nerds. She pointed out that, by definition, I had been meeting the minority of MIT undergrads who actually had enough social skills to talk to people. Well said, but I still dig the MIT crowd."
- bill 7-21-2005 7:58 pm [link] [add a comment]

"The Whitney Museum and the New York-based arts organization Minetta Brook are collaborating to bring life to Floating Island, an unrealized project from 1970 by legendary American Earthworks artist Robert Smithson. Slated for Sept. 17-18 and 24-25, 2005, and planned in conjunction with the Whitney's major retrospective of Smithson's work (opening June 23rd), the project consists of a barge filled with earth and vegetation, towed around the island of Manhattan by a tugboat."
- bill 6-20-2005 4:55 pm [link] [2 comments]

that 70s show
- dave 6-19-2005 3:16 pm [link] [add a comment]