Aug 18, 2010

gary's choices | The Goldberg Variations: Are we going to bomb Iran?

 You must do what we can’t, because if you don’t, we will. (How I wish I had said that.)

In circles that I frequent, people just can’t stop talking about the Jeffrey Goldberg article in The Atlantic, “The Point of No Return,” which argues that a US and/or Israeli military attack on Iran in the next year or so is highly probable.

If you read my recent posting in this blog (just below this one), you will know that I think that is intellectual garbage, or maybe just propaganda — is there any difference? It is so transparently pushing the “threat” of an Israeli attack in order to get the US to do something utterly foolish, that I have a very hard time even writing about it.

The all time very best comment about the neo-con cum Israeli advice urging the US to attack Iran was by Paul Woodward in a recent blog posting: You must do what we can’t, because if you don’t, we will. (How I wish I had said that.)

Still, if this subject really turns you on, here is someone else writing about it who knows a lot about Israel, nukes and US policy. Joshua Pollack wrote in “Some Straight Talk About Iran” in the aptly named ArmsControlWonk website:

After reading Jeffrey Goldberg’s lengthy article in The Atlantic about Israeli calculations on whether to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities, I’m left with an observation and a judgment. First, the observation…..

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Antony Gormley | HORIZON FIELD





ANTONY GORMLEY Horizon Field August 2010 until April 2012
A Landscape Installation in the High Alps of Vorarlberg, Austria
Presented by Kunsthaus Bregenz  


Aug 17, 2010

OTTO DIX | Neue Galerie NY

 neue galerie


March 11-August 30, 2010

Not much time left to see this first solo museum exhibition of works by Otto Dix ever held in North America.  The show containing more than 100 works is organized by Olaf Peters, Professor of Modern Art History and Art Theory at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg.  The show will travel to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.



Portrait of the Lawyer Dr. Hugo Simons 1925, Tempera and oil on wood 75 x 60 cm (29 1/2 x 23 5/8 in.)


Reclining Woman on Leopard Skin,1927, Oil on wood 68 x 98 cm (26 3/4 x 38 5/8 in.)

4.-Group-Portrait-Guenther-Franke-Paul-Ferdinand-Schmidt-and-Karl-Nierendorf-1923 Group Portrait: G√ľnther Franke, Paul Ferdinand Schmidt, and Karl Nierendorf,1923, Oil on canvas, mounted on wood 40 x 74 cm (15 3/4 x 29 1/8 in.)


Portrait of the Dancer Anita Berber, 1925, Oil and tempera on plywood, 120 x 65 cm (47 1/4 x 25 5/8 in.) 


Dr. Heinrich Stadelmann 1920 Oil on canvas
90.8 x 61 cm (35 3/4 x 24 in.)


The Artist's Family 1927, Oil on wood
80 x 50 cm (31 1/2 x 19 3/4 in.)


Aug 13, 2010

choi + shine architects: the land of giants


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'the land of giants' by choi + shine architects
all images courtesy choi + shine architects

american firm choi + shine architects recently received the 2010 boston society of architects award for unbuilt architecture for their project 'the land of giants', which they originally designed for the icelandic high voltage electrical pylon competition back in 2008.


making only minor alterations to well established steel-framed pylon design, the architects created a series of towers that are powerful, solemn and variable. these iconic pylon-figures will become monuments in the landscape.


the pylon-figures can be configured to respond to their environment with appropriate gestures. as the carried electrical lines ascend a hill, the pylon-figures change posture, imitating a climbing person. over long spans, the pylon-figure stretches to gain increased height, crouches for increased strength or strains under the weight of the wires.

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