Red Jackson by Gordon Parks 1948

Red Jackson by Gordon Parks

Click here for the podcast version of this post. The Red Jackson photograph by Gordon Parks sent me into a whirlwind of reactions from the first time I saw it. Encountering this black and white masterpiece in the Metropolitan Museum of Art feels like a lucky break at first. It’s a thoughtful photographic version of …

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Cadeau (The Gift) Sculpture by Man Ray

Cadeau (The-Gift) sculpture by Man Ray

What makes Man Ray’s sculpture Cadeau (The Gift) so special?

– Mass production, war, and Dada
– Poking at prevalent perspective
– Multiple copies of a stolen masterpiece make its point

Canyon by Robert Rauschenberg

Canyon by Robert Rauschenberg

What’s the meaning of Robert Rauschenberg’s Canyon painting?

– A bird, a pillow, a god and a boy’s bottom
– An excuse for trauma built into Greek myth
– Canyon’s three dimensions create depth

New York Night – Georgia O’Keeffe

New-York-Night - Georgia O'Keeffe

What makes New York Night by Georgia O’Keeffe such a special painting?

– Glimmering window panes
– The machine age and Precisionism
– An avant-garde squad