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WEEKLY EMAIL: SEPTEMBER 18, 2013


Landscape and Illusion

FEATURED THIS WEEK : CHRIS BALLANTYNE, LAUREN MARSOLIER, BAS PRINCEN & AARON ROTHMAN

Landscape and Illusion

In a recent article in Places, Belmont Freeman wrote about the dissolving line between reality and representation in architectural photography. Digital imaging technology has become so powerful that it's often hard to tell whether a building exists as concrete and glass and steel, or as a series of ones and zeros in the ether. Aaron Rothman continues the exploration with a gallery that brings together the work of Chris Ballantyne, Lauren Marsolier and Bas Princen — paintings and photographs in which meaning is created in "the gap between the real and its representation."
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PARTNER NEWS: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

Conflict and Convergence Symposium to be held in October

The symposium will explore how recent experiences in Latin American cities can serve as examples for models of urban and social revitalization in other parts of the world.
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DAVID SALOMON

The Highway Not Taken: Tony Smith and the Suburban Sublime

"We don’t often think of avant-garde art and suburbia as related," writes David Salomon. "The artist’s urban studio — not the superhighway — is supposed to be where aesthetic inspiration takes place. But from the late '50s through the early '70s, many American artistic developments had their roots in the suburbs — specifically, in the roads, marshes, quarries and universities of North New Jersey." Here Salomon focuses on some pivotal years in the life of artist Tony Smith — including his epiphany on the New Jersey Turnpike.
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PARTNER NEWS: WOODBURY UNIVERSITY

"Beyond the Assignment" at the Julius Shulman Institute

An architectural photography exhibit, Beyond the Assignment, will be on display at Woodbury University's Julius Shulman Institute from October 5 through November 1.
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MARK HOUGH

Champion Trees and Urban Forests

In The Man Who Planted Trees, Jim Robbins writes: "Planting trees may be the single most important ecotechnology that we have to put the broken pieces of our planet back together." Mark Hough reviews the book, and then broadens his focus to explore the rise of the U.S. environmental movement and the current campaigns to plant millions of trees in cities across America.
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ADELHEID FISCHER

Walking the Darkness Home

"In August 1905, Louie Muir, wife of the conservationist John Muir, died of cancer. Among those who sent condolences was President Theodore Roosevelt, who had once camped under the stars with Muir in Yosemite Valley. Roosevelt himself  was no stranger to loss. When he was 26, illness claimed his mother and young wife on the same day. To Muir, he offered this tonic: 'Get out among the mountains and trees, friend, as soon as you can. They will do more for you than either man or woman could.'" A century later Adelheid Fischer, struggling with her own grief, got out among the mountains and trees — in her case to the Grand Canyon, a dangerous and redemptive place that by turns epitomizes and defies the expectations (and clichés) of the famous landscape.
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