Monthly Archives: October 2018

Hills, Shadowed Valleys, Squirrel Hill

Pittsburgh is a city of neighborhoods, of hills and shadowed valleys. The valleys or “hollers” – Pittsburgh is on the edge of Appalachia – have had plenty of darkness over different eras. Parts of the city seem backwoods, almost abandoned … Continue reading

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Anthropocene’s Shock of Beauty

Dear Photographers of the Anthropocene Art show, You’ve probably noticed the problem?  It’s about reactions to climate change and the geologic epoch named for our human interference.  In your cautionary Toronto art show, with its corollary film, Anthropocene, you want … Continue reading

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Candy-Colored Neon Bodega Speakeasy Baby

There must be some trick.  Urban life can’t quite be this happy.   There are three candy-colored glow-zones.  Pink walls light the space.  A demarcated zone glows in yellow from a bar fridge; from the side, a lavender color cloud.  … Continue reading

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Wolfgang Tillmans: To Believe in Things

Wolfgang Tillmans creates his gallery shows like books of poetry.  The influential German photographer treats his viewer to work that varies wildly in size, scope, subject, united by meditation and attention.  He puts things in front of your face you … Continue reading

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