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WEEKLY EMAIL: JANUARY 05, 2012


Vestige(s) of Empire

FEATURED THIS WEEK : JAMES BIBER

Vestige(s) of Empire

The 1972 Commonwealth Institute building in London is in the spotlight again as the Design Museum's choice for its new home. In Berlin there was a similar monument to Empire, the now-demolished Palast der Republik in the former East Berlin.The buildings share more than an architectural vintage; they both had, or will have, lives as art museums, and they each celebrated, in their prime, an empire that is both gone and almost impossible to remember.
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JOHN FOSTER

A New American Picture: Doug Rickard and Street Photography in the Age of Google

In a telephone interview that lasted well over an hour, Doug Rickard told me that the idea for his recent photographic work emerged as a sort of “epiphany” within 24 hours of using Google Street View. The project was, he explained, the result of a sort of “perfect storm,” in that it combined his love of photography and its history with his background in American history and sociology.
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DONALD HALL

Green Farmhouse Chairs

In the back chamber, discarded things
of family jumble together,
nothing thrown away since we moved here
in eighteen sixty-five. I foresee
an auction of broken rocking chairs...
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Accidental Mysteries, 12.25.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.
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Accidental Mysteries, 12.18.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.
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POEM OF THE WEEK

"A View of the Sea"

A poem by J.D. McClatchy.
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