Agan Harahap’s revisionist history

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Indonesian artist Agan Harahap has created a series of images where he imagines how historical events might have transpired if superheroes really existed. Here’s a pair where World War II events get a boost from some of our favorite comic book characters: at left, Superman assists the Allies with recovering art stolen by the Nazis […]

Making Pianos: a look inside Steinway & Sons in Astoria

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Back in the late 1990’s, I lived in Astoria, Queens, in a nice residential neighborhood with only a short subway ride to Manhattan. One afternoon, while exploring the fringes of the neighborhood, I happened upon the Steinway & Sons factory, on a remote northern stretch of Queens just west of LaGuardia Airport. I remember thinking […]

Paul Klee and Zao Wou-Ki

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When I was reading up on Zao Wou-Ki yesterday, I was surprised to see a number of paintings that looked very similar to Paul Klee’s paintings. There is mention of Zao being inspired by Klee’s work, which he saw in person when he went to Paris in 1948. However, biographical details often mention that Zao […]

Mashup of M.C. Escher and Keith Haring

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I was reading a slightly dated issue of Wired Magazine this morning, and happened upon an illustration by Peter Judson that made an instant visual connection for me … last night I had just added a feature on M.C. Escher’s “Relativity,” and so that image was still fresh in my mind when I saw this […]