1945-1998 by Isao Hashimoto

Isao Hashimoto, '1945-1998' (2003)

A few weeks ago, I discovered a little known, and very disturbing fact. During a botched training exercise in 1958, the U.S. Air force lost a Mark 15 nuclear bomb off the coast of Georgia. To this day, the bomb remains buried off the U.S. coast somewhere near the shores of Tybee Island. NPR broadcasted a fascinating segment about the incident, which you can hear here. The threat posed by the bomb is disputed. It has been argued that attempting a recovery could inadvertently set off the device.  Continue reading

Florentijn Hofman’s Rubber Duck

“We’re one family, and all the waters in the world are our global bathtub”. A simple, but nonetheless sweet concept for an artwork. Florentijn Hofman’s giant rubber duck reminded me of the Friendly Floatees incident of 1991, the subject of Donovan Hohn’s book, Moby Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of them.

www.florentijnhofman.nl

MoMA Unadulterated

MoMA Unadulterated (main site screenshot)

MoMA Unadulterated is an audio tour of MoMA’s key collection pieces as discussed by a panel of kids between 3-10 years old. Cy Twombly fails to impress (‘all you have to do is try to write your name in a bad way and then scribble all over’) whereas Ed Ruscha’s OOF (1962) rates highly (‘a person can make that sound when he falls on his tushy…OOF!’).

Art in the movies

Michelangelo’s ‘David’ in ‘Children of Men’, 2006, Directed by Alfonso Cuarón

For the following list, I have purposely selected films which creatively refer to and use existing art works. Movies exclusively about artists (e.g. Basquiat or Séraphine) have been omitted.  Any major exclusions? Leave a comment for a sequel blogpost in the future.  Continue reading