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By Lawrence Weschler

Fred Tomaselli: The Times

 

Fred Tomaselli: The Times

Lawrence Weschler

$27.68 Buy Now

In this brilliant time capsule of recent world events, celebrated artist Fred Tomaselli intrepidly and colorfully reimagines the front pages of the New York Times. Hurricane Katrina's devastation of New Orleans, the international financial crisis, the Berlusconi scandal, an earthquake in Haiti, the tsunami in Japan, revolution at home and abroad--the headlines of the past decade have been a true roller-coaster ride. Self-proclaimed news junkie Fred Tomaselli has been responding to these earth-shattering events through a fascinating series of artworks collected here for the first time. Tomaselli superimposes his signature psychedelic aesthetic on the front page of the New York Times, setting up a striking contrast between the paper's sober depictions of reality and his vivid interventions. Readers will delight in comparing the actual headlines, captions, and articles that surround the images with Tomaselli's trippy, highly detailed interpretations. Filled with gorgeous reproductions of works that range from tongue in-cheek satire to unmitigated outrage, this timely volume is certain to appeal to art lovers as well as street-smart consumers of today's headline news.


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About the Author

Lawrence Weschler, a longtime contributor to the New Yorker (where he covered popular upsurges in Poland, South Africa, Latin America and Belgrade, among other places), is currently the director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU. He is a two-time winner of the George Polk Award and was has received the Lannan Literary Award. As a prevalent author, Weschler's recent books include an expanded edition of "Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees", "True to Life: Twenty Five Years of Conversation", "Liza Lou", " Tara Donovan", "Deborah Butterfield" and "Fred Tomaselli: The Times". He is also the artistic director emeritus, and curator for New York Live Ideas. He is a contributing editor to McSweeney’s, the Threepeeny Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review; curator at large of the DVD quarterly Wholphin and director of the Ernst Toch Society. He has also held positions as the chair of the Sundance and the Documentary Film Fund. He recently launched “Pillow of Air,” a monthly “Amble through the worlds of the visual” column in The Believer.

 

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