Melancholia

The Soothsayer's Recompense. Giorgio de Chirico. 1913.

The Soothsayer’s Recompense. Giorgio de Chirico. 1913.

This painting is one of a series of melancholic cityscapes that de Chirico painted featuring a lone statue in a deserted Italian piazza. The antique statue represents the sleeping Ariadne, who according to Greek mythology was abandoned by her lover on the desert island of Naxos. The confrontation of the classical world with a modern steam engine in the distance creates an uneasy ambiguity of time and space.

(From Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Melancholia. Giorgio de Chirico. 1916

Melancholia. Giorgio de Chirico. 1916

Melancholy of a beautiful day. Giorgio de Chirico. 1913

Melancholy of a beautiful day. Giorgio de Chirico. 1913

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The Transient Art of Cai Guo-Qiang

While some works of art have survived thousands of years others are as fleeting as a shooting star. A master of the ephemeral, Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang uses the sky as his canvas and gunpowder as his paintbrush in his staged firework performances which can take place in day or night.

Black Ceremony, Qatar, 2011

Black Ceremony, Qatar, 2011

Black Ceremony, Qatar, 2011

Black Ceremony, Qatar, 2011

Black Ceremony, Qatar, 2011

Black Ceremony, Qatar, 2011

Black Rainbow, Valencia, 2005

Black Rainbow, Valencia, 2005

Fallen Blossoms, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2009.

Fallen Blossoms, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2009.