Photo Essays

Post image for Moving Through Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye

PARIS — I tend to prefer my European gesamtkunstwerk interior spaces lush, flamboyantly mannerist, funny, obscurantist, or noisy.

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Post image for A Visit to Portland’s Graffiti Haven

PORTLAND, Ore. — When I asked artist Rx Skulls where to shoot graffiti and street art when I came to town this past April, his most emphatic suggestion was Taylor Electric.

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Post image for The Scope of Ai Weiwei’s Imagination

BERLIN — This is the final weekend to see Ai Weiwei: Evidence at the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum in Berlin. The German exhibition is a sweeping survey of mostly recent work that occupies 32,000 square feet of gallery space across 18 rooms.

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Post image for Remixing the Renaissance as GIFs

By now it’s become a familiar trope: Photoshop or GIF something historical, say, Old Masters or old photographs. But just because it’s been done doesn’t mean it’s been done best. And the elaborate GIFs that James Kerr makes from early Northern Renaissance paintings are a hilariously new take on the idea of remixing antique art.

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Post image for Inside the Paris Home of a Founding Father of Electronic Music

PARIS — Pierre Henry, aged father of electronic music, lives in a small house that also serves as his studio, in the twelfth arrondissement of Paris. I recently went there with a small group of people to hear one of his magnificent musique concrète concerts that he performs live from his studio mixing board.

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Post image for The Dancing Designs of Modern Art Kimono

Many of us, when we picture kimono, envision the traditional Japanese garment covered in similarly traditional images: blossoming floral motifs, soaring or leaping animals, mountain peaks and cresting seascapes in Ukiyo-e style.

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Post image for The Lost Beauty of Book Endpapers

Bookbinding developed gradually, with the availability of materials and prevailing tastes dictating the details. One of the more overlooked aspects of book design was the creation of endpapers, when what was long a blank space or slice of vellum was replaced by exuberant patterns.

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Post image for Material Boy: Jeff Koons at the Whitney

Given that he’s a goliath figure in the art world whose output spans three decades, it may come as a surprise that Jeff Koons’s Whitney retrospective is the artist’s first major solo show at a New York museum.

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Post image for A Photographer’s Elegy to Kodak City

In her series Kodak City, Catherine Leutenegger documents the photographic giant’s now-dilapidated headquarters using the same medium that Kodak made accessible to millions around the world.

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Post image for From Poseurs to Pros: Artists and Their Models

The model is the message in Artists and Their Models, an exhibition currently on view at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art in Washington.

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