Monday, 30 January 2012

The definition of irony

An exhibition until this weekend in the Kanagawa area is of work by Ben Shahn, who made some fascinating paintings from his own photographs, which the exhibition in part explores. He also made work like the above, which is of the Japanese fishing-boat captain who was exposed to radiation and died after being aboard the boat The Lucky Dragon which inadvertently sailed too close to a nuclear test. (The text he is holding explains that.)

The show was supposed to include Fukushima city as part of its tour to several Japanese cities, but one of the several US museums from which the works come has prohibited its artworks from traveling there – for fear of contamination by radiation. How ironic, as this article in the Mainichi Daily News points out.

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