London

Seeing the Olympics from a Different Perspective

As Londoner Gareth Hague commented in this space in early July, the pomp and national pride that usually marches in during every Olympic cycle has been supplanted by ridicule, aggravation, and protest, thanks to an Olympics that is, as the New Statesman put it, “suffocated by sponsors.” The angst that the denizens of London...

A Designer’s Midcentury-Mod Music-Graphics Mashups

Graham Moore creates fine-art pieces that put you in a dancing mood, just by looking into them. In fact, many of them began as vintage LP record album covers, several decades pre-mp3. Then, under his knife, texts lose their legibility, images lose their identity, and those often dull cardboard sleeves are reconfigured into visual...

Mark Dion's Wunderkammern

This is one of my favorite art pieces. It combines mucking about in the Thames with scientific processes, systems for collecting, and a presentation taxonomy. Mark Dion created it in preparation for the opening of the Tate Modern in London. Dion established a methodology for exploration … where to look, for how long, how...