Ted Klein

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“A photograph is always invisible, it is not it that we see.” —Roland Barthes

The Beijing-based artist, Liu Bolin, often known as “The Invisible Man,” creates works of art that operate on many levels. Part painting, photography, conceptual art and multi-faceted social critique, Bolin’s work is testament to his courage and determination to create work despite the cultural and political constraints he lives under.

In a recent TED talk, Bolin discussed his ideas and the motivations behind his work. His exploration of becoming “invisible” is a means to provoke ideas and for us to question the “inter-canceling relationship between our civilization and its development.” Needless to say, his arresting images are impressive to behold and painstakingly executed.

For an opportunity to meet the artist and to see his latest solo show, Liu Bolin: Mask, Eli Klein Fine Art is hosting an opening and reception tomorrow evening here in New York. Hopefully, Liu Bolin won’t be too hard to find. —Lane Nevares

15 July 2014

The American author, T.E.D. Klein, was born Theodore Donald Klein on this date in New York City, and added “E” to his initials in order to spell his nickname. He has won both the British Fantasy Award and the World Fantasy Award. He was the founding editor of the Twilight Zone magazine.

While his output is small—the novel, The Ceremonies [1984], and a number of short stories—he has been disproportionately influential, and reading is always the start of his writing process.

Personally, I can’t write at all unless I read a little bit first to, I guess, to prime the pump, as some people say. So I very much depend on other books. Also, the horror genre, I think, is a very tradition conscious genre. There aren’t that many famous books in the field, and I think most readers have read them all. I think there’s a sense of what has gone before. It’s hard to imagine somebody really writing well who has never read his predecessors.

He has two collections of his stories published: Dark Gods [1985] and his most recent book, Reassuring Tales [2006].

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