Bag’s Take-Away:
I think it’s relatively amazing that we are seeing this kind of photo coming from China. I don’t believe we would have a few years ago.
via The New York Times Lens
(credit: Andy Wong/Associated Press  caption: The artist Ai Weiwei, second from left, was stopped by a plainclothes police officer while he argued with another officer outside his home in Beijing. Earlier, the Chinese Authorities had barred Mr. Ai from the courtroom where his lawsuit against tax officials was being heard.)
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I think it’s relatively amazing that we are seeing this kind of photo coming from China. I don’t believe we would have a few years ago.

via The New York Times Lens

(credit: Andy Wong/Associated Press caption: The artist Ai Weiwei, second from left, was stopped by a plainclothes police officer while he argued with another officer outside his home in Beijing. Earlier, the Chinese Authorities had barred Mr. Ai from the courtroom where his lawsuit against tax officials was being heard.)

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 I think this image is beautiful and really don’t have much to say about it except that Reuters photographer Anatolii Stepanov has a fine hand as he captures an art viewer in Kiev incorporating herself into a piece of Japanese artwork. 
via Reuters Editor’s Choice
(credit: Anatolii Stepanov /Reuters caption: A visitor walks near the artwork entitled “Ash Colour Mountains” by Makoto Aida from Japan at the opening of the first Kyiv biennale “Arsenale 2012” in Kiev, Ukraine May 23, 2012. About 100 artists from different countries will take part in the biennale which opened on Wednesday.)
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I think this image is beautiful and really don’t have much to say about it except that Reuters photographer Anatolii Stepanov has a fine hand as he captures an art viewer in Kiev incorporating herself into a piece of Japanese artwork.

via Reuters Editor’s Choice

(credit: Anatolii Stepanov /Reuters caption: A visitor walks near the artwork entitled “Ash Colour Mountains” by Makoto Aida from Japan at the opening of the first Kyiv biennale “Arsenale 2012” in Kiev, Ukraine May 23, 2012. About 100 artists from different countries will take part in the biennale which opened on Wednesday.)

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Capturing reflections is a photographic cliché, but when it’s done so well, it’s worth enjoying.
via The Wall Street Journal
(credit: Divyakant Solanki/European Pressphoto Agency caption: REFLECTIONS: Shadows of children were reflected in water on the shore of the Arabian Sea in Mumbai Tuesday.)
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Capturing reflections is a photographic cliché, but when it’s done so well, it’s worth enjoying.

via The Wall Street Journal

(credit: Divyakant Solanki/European Pressphoto Agency caption: REFLECTIONS: Shadows of children were reflected in water on the shore of the Arabian Sea in Mumbai Tuesday.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
Nothing inherently creepy about realistic sculpture, but when you reduce that realism to a 2/3 scale, well, creepiness seems to result.
Love how the bottom installation technician could be a 2/3 body double for the sculpture.
via  Los Angeles Times Framework
(credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images caption: London — ‘Drift’ by artist Ron Mueck is hung by gallery technicians at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in London. The series of four “lifelike” sculptures form Mueck’s first major solo exhibition in over a decade.)
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Nothing inherently creepy about realistic sculpture, but when you reduce that realism to a 2/3 scale, well, creepiness seems to result.

Love how the bottom installation technician could be a 2/3 body double for the sculpture.

via Los Angeles Times Framework

(credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images caption: London — ‘Drift’ by artist Ron Mueck is hung by gallery technicians at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in London. The series of four “lifelike” sculptures form Mueck’s first major solo exhibition in over a decade.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
Interesting how Escher has become the esthetic lens of tragedy. I think Mondrian gets an assist in this one. 
via The Sacramento Bee
(photo credit: David Coates/AP caption:  Chris Cramer looks over his badly damaged home in the Huron Farms subdivision in Dexter, Mich. on Monday March 19, 2012. The small Michigan community was struck by a tornado last week.)
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Interesting how Escher has become the esthetic lens of tragedy. I think Mondrian gets an assist in this one.

via The Sacramento Bee

(photo credit: David Coates/AP caption: Chris Cramer looks over his badly damaged home in the Huron Farms subdivision in Dexter, Mich. on Monday March 19, 2012. The small Michigan community was struck by a tornado last week.)

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Today is the 25th anniversary of the death of Andy Warhol. The tomato soup can, I get. The Chunky Beef Tips with Hearty Vegetables? That’s pushing it. 
via The Sacramento Bee (with links to more of Warhol and his work) 
(photo credit:  Gene J. Puskar/AP  caption:  The head stone of Andy Warhol is surrounded by mementos in St. John The Baptist Byzantine Cemetery in Bethel Park, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. Feb. 22, 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the pop artist’s death due to complications of gall bladder surgery at the age of 58.)
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Today is the 25th anniversary of the death of Andy Warhol. The tomato soup can, I get. The Chunky Beef Tips with Hearty Vegetables? That’s pushing it.

via The Sacramento Bee (with links to more of Warhol and his work)

(photo credit: Gene J. Puskar/AP caption: The head stone of Andy Warhol is surrounded by mementos in St. John The Baptist Byzantine Cemetery in Bethel Park, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. Feb. 22, 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the pop artist’s death due to complications of gall bladder surgery at the age of 58.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:
Diane Arbus never died. 
See More at  Time Lightbox
(photo credit:  Collection of the Artist © Rineke Dijkstra  caption:  Chen and Efrat, Herzliya, Israel, March 4, 2002. Dijkstra has followed a number of her young subjects over a period of years to watch them grow into themselves. One series follows the evolution of identical twin sisters.)
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Diane Arbus never died.

See More at Time Lightbox

(photo credit: Collection of the Artist © Rineke Dijkstra caption: Chen and Efrat, Herzliya, Israel, March 4, 2002. Dijkstra has followed a number of her young subjects over a period of years to watch them grow into themselves. One series follows the evolution of identical twin sisters.)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Looking at a lot of the photos of the Concordia disaster, what’s striking are how amazingly Escher-esque the images are.


(photo: Gregorio Borgia/AP caption: Italian navy divers approach the cruise ship Costa Concordia Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, after it ran aground on the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, on Friday evening. Italian naval divers on Tuesday exploded holes in the hull of a cruise ship that grounded near a Tuscan island to speed the search for 29 missing passengers and crew while the seas remain relatively calm. The search intensified as prosecutors prepared to question the captain, who is accused of causing the wreck that left at least six dead by making a maneuver that the Italian cruise operator said was “unapproved and unauthorized.)
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Bag’s Take-Away:

Looking at a lot of the photos of the Concordia disaster, what’s striking are how amazingly Escher-esque the images are.

(photo: Gregorio Borgia/AP caption: Italian navy divers approach the cruise ship Costa Concordia Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, after it ran aground on the tiny Tuscan island of Giglio, Italy, on Friday evening. Italian naval divers on Tuesday exploded holes in the hull of a cruise ship that grounded near a Tuscan island to speed the search for 29 missing passengers and crew while the seas remain relatively calm. The search intensified as prosecutors prepared to question the captain, who is accused of causing the wreck that left at least six dead by making a maneuver that the Italian cruise operator said was “unapproved and unauthorized.)

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What makes the TIME “Person of the Year” cover as good as it is?
1. It’s a woman! —  because the protests have also been phenomenal on gender terms … and speaking truth to testosterone.
2. …And, how often has a woman even been TIME’s “Person of the Year?” (Or, “Man of the Year,” till ‘99. More below.)
3. She’s threatening but she’s not. (Eyes vs. mask. Left eye vs. right eye.)
4. It’s truly international. If she pulls for Middle Eastern, the background skews heavily domestic. But then, we’re a melting pot, right?
5. TIME gets to do the “You” choice again, but this time — nothing like some hard times to put a dent in the narcissism — it’s all about “us.”
6. The design, especially the graphical inlay in the kerchief, riffs off TIME’s Shepard Fairey’s Obama HOPE 2008 Person of the Year cover. The take-away: Obama has lost the spark and the message to the kids and the street.
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Update: A few people have asked how I know it’s a woman. I also think part of the cleverness of the cover is that the figure might be a male. One reason is that the illustration skews so strongly female, including the two figures inset in the kerchief (forehead and bottom, center) and the figure top right just off the hat. The most definitive graphic signifier, however, are the eyelashes.
Note on TIME’s “women of the year”: If I’ve got my math right, I count only 3 identifiable “women of the year” out of the 84 selections, the last being Corazon Aquino in ‘86. Of course, this year’s cover is “generic,” similar to how women, more lately, have been included as part of a group, if in an more token way (including “Bill Gates’ wife” as 3rd wheel in ‘05, or the woman soldier in ‘03. Otherwise, “women of the year” have been given the nod as part of their own group — see “The Whistleblowers” in ‘02 or “Women of the Year” in ‘75. This link has the collection in one tidy place. (illustration credit: Shepard Fairey)
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What makes the TIME “Person of the Year” cover as good as it is?

1. It’s a woman! — because the protests have also been phenomenal on gender terms … and speaking truth to testosterone.

2. …And, how often has a woman even been TIME’s “Person of the Year?” (Or, “Man of the Year,” till ‘99. More below.)

3. She’s threatening but she’s not. (Eyes vs. mask. Left eye vs. right eye.)

4. It’s truly international. If she pulls for Middle Eastern, the background skews heavily domestic. But then, we’re a melting pot, right?

5. TIME gets to do the “You” choice again, but this time — nothing like some hard times to put a dent in the narcissism — it’s all about “us.”

6. The design, especially the graphical inlay in the kerchief, riffs off TIME’s Shepard Fairey’s Obama HOPE 2008 Person of the Year cover. The take-away: Obama has lost the spark and the message to the kids and the street.

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Update: A few people have asked how I know it’s a woman. I also think part of the cleverness of the cover is that the figure might be a male. One reason is that the illustration skews so strongly female, including the two figures inset in the kerchief (forehead and bottom, center) and the figure top right just off the hat. The most definitive graphic signifier, however, are the eyelashes.

Note on TIME’s “women of the year”: If I’ve got my math right, I count only 3 identifiable “women of the year” out of the 84 selections, the last being Corazon Aquino in ‘86. Of course, this year’s cover is “generic,” similar to how women, more lately, have been included as part of a group, if in an more token way (including “Bill Gates’ wife” as 3rd wheel in ‘05, or the woman soldier in ‘03. Otherwise, “women of the year” have been given the nod as part of their own group — see “The Whistleblowers” in ‘02 or “Women of the Year” in ‘75. This link has the collection in one tidy place. (illustration credit: Shepard Fairey)

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Bag’s Take-Away:

Tell me this photo, by Getty’s Joe Raedle, isn’t the most ironic image to come out the Iraq war — or the troop withdrawal, at least. Oh, what we paid for that Neocon mug.


(photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images caption: A U.S. Army soldier from the 2-82 Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, carries his John Wayne coffee cup as he prepares to leave Camp Adder as the base is readied to be handed back to the Iraqi government later this month on December 6, 2011 at Camp Adder, near Nasiriyah, Iraq. Camp Adder is one of the few bases remaining that the United States controls as America’s military continues its pullout of the country by the end of this year, after eight years of war and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.)
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Tell me this photo, by Getty’s Joe Raedle, isn’t the most ironic image to come out the Iraq war — or the troop withdrawal, at least. Oh, what we paid for that Neocon mug.

(photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images caption: A U.S. Army soldier from the 2-82 Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, carries his John Wayne coffee cup as he prepares to leave Camp Adder as the base is readied to be handed back to the Iraqi government later this month on December 6, 2011 at Camp Adder, near Nasiriyah, Iraq. Camp Adder is one of the few bases remaining that the United States controls as America’s military continues its pullout of the country by the end of this year, after eight years of war and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein.)

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