Images from South Sudan and Piet Mondrian

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The New York Times recently had a photo feature by Canadian documentary photographer Sara Hylton with pictures from Juba, in South Sudan. This picture of basketball players (below left) caught my attention for a couple reasons: #1, I’m a big fan of the sport of basketball, but more importantly, #2, it reminds me of Piet […]

Finding an opportunity in news photography to pay homage to Robert Frank

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A while back there was a story in the New York Times titled “The Rohingya Who Made It to Chicago,” about a group of Muslims who had been persecuted in Myanmar finding a new home in Chicago. One of the photographs accompanying the story, by photographer Ali Lapetina, grabbed my attention. The image below shows […]

Africa on the sidewalk

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If you’ve seen any of my other posts tagged with the phrase “sidewalk art,” you’ll know that I have a tendency to see imaginary and visually-related things on the sidewalks of my town, Glen Ridge, NJ. The other day was no exception, as I was walking my dogs (which is typically when I notice these […]

A mural in Rensselaer seems to be filled with celebrities

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I while back I enjoyed walking around the Riverfront Park in Rensselaer, New York, where there are numerous murals painted on the concrete supports for the highway that runs overhead. Looking back at the pictures, this one struck me today: as you look at the various faces, do any of them look familiar to you? […]

Current day homage to 1985 Warhol and Basquiat Boxing Poster

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On my recent trip to Minnesota, I took a few hours on Tuesday morning to wander around the arts district in NE Minneapolis. One of the buildings that I explored was the Northrup King Building, which is home to over 200 creative tenants, including art studios for over 190 artists, as well as spaces for […]

Art history references in the fashion of Kansai Yamamoto

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I saw a brief write-up in the NY Times about “Fashion’s Ultimate Fantasist” Kansai Yamamoto, and the pictures in the article were pretty striking in the bold designs depicted there. They referenced this style as a Japanese concept of “basara,” which means a love of color and flamboyance. I was curious to see more of […]

Photograph of Mexican migrants brings to mind some famous paintings

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This photograph of a former migrant worker and his wife back home in Mexico was taken by Brett Gundlock for a story about visa disputes in the New York Times recently. Between the bowls of fruit and especially the textured blue wall behind the figures, it brought to mind several famous paintings, including some from […]