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North Korea

There were two reasons why the situation didn’t depress me too much. First there was the proximity of the water. I’d often walk over to the bridge opposite the Maritime Museum, where I’d lean against the railing … the water was as drab and impervious as the cargo ships sliding through it. Sometimes I longed to live on such a ship, although I couldn’t tell you why. The second reason was an obsession I’d developed for the other side of the street. It consisted not of houses, but of a long, not very high wall.

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Miklós Erdély, Time Traveler

By Éva Forgács

Hungarian artist Miklós Erdély (1928–1986) would not have thought twice about boarding a spaceship, sweeping aside physical fitness and other pedestrian worries. Space seemed to promise first-hand answers to urgent and intriguing questions… Thinking more like an artist than a scientist, Erdély was taken by the dilemma of black holes, which could signify the same kind of discontinuity in time and space that he thought artwork signified in culture.

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Alberto Burri at the Guggenheim

By Seph Rodney

Around each bend in the Guggenheim rotunda, Alberto Burri’s works give off the scent of free-form experimentation, worked by both the elements and the will. He applied heat, flame, pressure to disparate mediums; he ripped and tore fabrics, allowed substances to dry, crack and fissure, all the time attentive to the process as well as to what could happen if something in the formula were changed. It seems counterintuitive that being so careful and particular, so watchful, would be tantamount to liberty for Burri. But his independence conspicuously reveals itself here.

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Volume without Contour: The Work of Artist Rona Lee

By Andrew Patrizio

Artist Rona Lee has realized a remarkable series of works through constructions of her extended engagement with oceanographic research. In addition, Lee takes on the mantle of the ocean as a metaphor for the female body that can point us in new directions, above and beyond, or perhaps through, the notion of an art/science encounter and into a subtly feminist art discourse.