26 years ago today, the whole world watched as a lone Chinese hero stood in front of an advancing column of tanks, refusing to stand down in the face of authoritarianism.
On the 26th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square, we’re reflecting on the importance of individual liberty while reading old catoinstitute articles on the bone-chilling act of valiant defiance at Tiananmen Square.
“Shells”, 1927, by Edward Weston. This print sold last week at Sotheby’s New York for just under $1 million. It is considered one of the most significant images in all of 20th century photography, and this is one of Weston’s 50 original prints of it.
Robert Mapplethorpe, Man in Polyester Suit (1980). Photo: Sotheby’s New York
Once the subject of a political firestorm, Robert Mapplethorpe’s Man in Polyester Suit, a 1980 photo of the artist’s lover Milton Moore wearing a three piece suit with his penis exposed, sold last night at Sotheby’s New York for an impressive $478,000. (The presale estimate was $250,000–350,000.)
The image was part of Mapplethorpe’s “X Portfolio” series, which North Carolina senator Jesse Helms attacked in 1989 for its graphic depictions of same-sex relationships and bondage. The Southern politician was offended that the racy photograph had originally received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
“It’s this complex message about race and black men and black power and black sexuality that really got to Helms and some of the other opponents,” Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center director Dennis Barrie told the New York Times. He was acquitted on obscenity charges in 1990 for displaying the “X Portfolio” at the institution the year prior.
Man in Polyester Suit still has the power “make people very uncomfortable, even 25 years later,” Barrie added. [source]
Pairing: Yoonmin Author:xbloomingyouthx Genre: First meeting, fluff, photographer!au Rating: PG Summary:
Jimin is a photographer and Yoongi is his newest client
Admin’s Notes:i lived vicariously through jimin throughout this whole fic. i am jimin, jimin is me, we are one, yoongi is hot, i am thirsty for him. wait what. this is about jimin. jimin is thirsty for yoongi. i am thirsty for yoongi.