Ghost Ghost (2008)
cast polyurethane resin
Ghost Ghost gives form to the interior of a large two-story dollhouse. In typical practice, Rachel Whiteread created the work by inverting the house and slowly filling its spaces with tinted resin. At a distance, the minuscule bubbles that have hardened between each poured layer of the polyurethane give the appearance of ship lap siding. Around the backside, the miniature home’s stairwell is visible as an apparition in a purple haze. This work appeared at Art Basel | Miami Beach 2009, but was sold by the time I circled ‘round to the booth. Should I have been surprised that it cost as much as full-size suburban home? Not really. It may not afford the ability to live within its impenetrable violet space, but it’s a more modest work by Whiteread I could actually live with.
George Condo (American, b. 1957), Portrait Composition, 2009. Charcoal and watercolor on paper, 29¾ x 22¼in.
Patrick Caulfield (British, 1936-2005), Evening Menu, 1975. Screenprint in colours, sheet: 77.5 x 102.7cm. Numbered 66/70.
Nights in White Satin
Oil on canvas
Acrylic on canvas
Kiev’s Independence Square Yesterday/Today
- These two pictures show Independence Square in Kiev on April 22, 2009 during a social movement called “Smile Ukraine! Smile overcomes a crisis!,” organized by students, top, and the same square on Thursday, three months after a political crisis erupted into protests that have left dozens killed. Via NBCNEWS
- The left-hand photo is by Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images, the right-hand photo is by Vincent Mundy/Bloomberg News
GIF by The Gasoline Station
Jacques Majorelle (French, 1886-1962), Tassa, Haut Sexaoua, Grand Atlas, Le Ras Moulay Ali, 1929. Mixed media heightened with gold and silver, 55.5 x 73.5 cm.
Karel Appel (Dutch, 1921-2006), Man in window, 1981. Acrylic on paper, 85 x 70 cm.