May 12, 2008


Favorite combo of unrelated artist: Gordon Matta Clarke and Zhang Dali's Demolition at the World Financial Center, Beijing (1998). Zhang Dali's work traces the course of Beijing's massive urban transformation of the past decade. Identifying buildings that are scheduled for demolition, he spray paints graffiti-style heads on their walls and later uses a chisel to knock out a similarly shaped void. The photographs that he makes of these scenes emphasize the dramatic contrast between the vanishing and the emerging architecture of the Chinese capital.

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