Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
You can catch him on giant posters, on the walls of living rooms, and in sculptural bust form in restaurants, but there’s one place in China you won’t be seeing Chairman Mao this year — art museums. The Chinese government has removed 10 of Andy Warhol’s Mao paintings from the mainland stops of the traveling exhibition Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of Warhol’s death.
The exhibition, which was curated by Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum, includes more than 300 paintings, photographs, and films by Warhol, including his famed Campbell’s Soup can screen prints, and portraits of Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, reports Bloomberg. At the show’s stop in Singapore and its current iteration in Hong Kong, the ten Mao portraits are fully present, but for its upcoming Beijing and Shanghai versions, the government has deemed the portraits inappropriate for their “political sensitivity.”
Perhaps the CCP doesn’t like the portraits because the color sensibility is a little too garish, or maybe because Warhol didn’t exactly color within the lines. But the Pop artist’s portraits actually pay homage to the dictator’s omnipresent celebrity, a ubiquitous quality that Warhol appreciated. Warhol came by his inspiration authentically, too — he visited Beijing in 1982 and had a snapshot taken in front of Mao’s visage mounted in Tiananmen Square.
Andy Warhol Museum director Eric Shiner is right to be sad that the Maos won’t make it. “This is disappointing because [Warhol's] imagery is so mainstream in Chinese contemporary art,” he laments. Ai Weiwei has called Warhol one of his heroes, and artists like Yue Minjun lift directly from Pop’s signature manic pitch and flattening of high and low culture.
Warhol’s Maos won’t have their 15 minutes of fame on the mainland, but they’ll be restored to the exhibition at its final stop in Tokyo, where Takashi Murakami will doubtless appreciate their presence.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.
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