List of illustrations

  • Untitled (Big Clay #3)
  • Balloon Self-Portrait #4
  • Balloon Dog (Yellow) (left); Play-Doh (right)
  • Cloud Gate
  • Extractions #1
  • Charles Ray with Fall '91
  • The Long Ton
  • 106° East Meridian
  • Gutzon Borglum looking at Stone Mountain through binoculars
  • Gutzon Borglum with giant projector
  • Cover page, Atlanta Journal Magazine: World’s Biggest Photograph to Be Printed on the Face of Stone Mountain
  • Projection of Gutzon Borglum’s design onto Stone Mountain at night
  • Celebratory unveiling of head of Robert E. Lee
  • Engineering Problems to Be Met in Mountain Sculpture
  • Gutzon Borglum’s design superimposed onto photograph of Borglum looking at Stone Mountain through binoculars
  • Postcard showing the completion of Augustus Lukeman’s design at Stone Mountain by Walter Hancock in 1972
  • Postcard showing before and after the carving of Mount Rushmore
  • Postcard showing Gigantic Proportions of Federal Carving on Mt. Rushmore Nat'l Memorial, Black Hills, S. Dak. Gutzon Borglum—sculptor. (Photo by Lincoln Borglum. Rise Studio)
  • Dynamite Explosion at Mount Rushmore
  • Film stills of the dynamiting of the first head of Jefferson
  • Workers Drilling Holes to Insert Dynamite, Mount Rushmore
  • Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
  • Photograph of Charles d’Emery holding his camera on Mount Rushmore
  • Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint on the MGM soundstage of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest
  • Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint on the MGM soundstage of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest
  • A bird’s eye view of the Union Stockyards, Chicago, From the Water Tower
  • Hog-scraping machine
  • Table showing beef prices over a twenty-four-year period
  • The stockyards’ gate
  • A view of the stock pens
  • A view of cattle in a pen
  • A view of the stunning of a beef with a sledgehammer
  • Stunned carcasses piled in an alleyway
  • A company representation of a packinghouse tour
  • A view of the beef cooler
  • Diagram of a beef carcass
  • The South Branch of the Chicago River
  • View of the city dump near the Back of the Yards, Chicago
  • Map showing the distribution of families in economic distress, Chicago
  • Onement II
  • Cathedra
  • Barnett Newman in His Studio, New York
  • Barnett Newman at His First One-Man Exhibition at Betty Parsons Gallery, New York
  • Be I
  • Barnett Newman and Unidentified Woman Standing in Front of “Cathedra” (1951) in His Front Street Studio, New York
  • E. C. Goossen and Unidentified Woman in Front of “Vir Heroicus Sublimis” (1950–51), Bennington College, Vermont
  • Untitled 1, 1950
  • Onement I
  • Henri Matisse in Deep Concentration in His Studio in Villa d’Alésia, Paris
  • Barnett Newman, The Paintings in Scale
  • Barnett Newman: Life and Career (blue)
  • Plate 1 from A True report of the third and last voyage into Meta Incognita,: achieved buy the worthie Capteine, M. Martine Frobisher Esquire
  • Icebergs, July 1, 1859
  • Folio 6 from De Onderwijsinge vander Zee, 3rd edition
  • Fols. B2v–B3r from A Discoverie of Sundrie errours and faults daily committed by Landemeaters
  • Folio 5v from Sphaera mundi
  • Folio 14v from Cosmographiae introductio: cum quibusdam geometriae ac astronomiae principiis ad eam rem necessarijs
  • The Ambassadors
  • The Ambassadors, detail
  • Nova, et integra vniversi orbis descriptio . . .
  • Merckliche Beschreibung sampt eygenlicher Abbildung eynes frembden unbekanten Volcks . . .
  • Art within the Arctic Circle
  • Art within the Arctic Circle, plate after page 672
  • Common-wealth; The Colossus
  • Pulling Down the Statue of King George III, New York City
  • Image showing how to cut form out of mast tree to fashion a beam
  • Liberty Pole erected in New York
  • Magna Britannia her Colonies Reduc’d
  • Scenes from the American Revolution: Fifth Liberty Pole on the New York Commons
  • Liberty Displaying the Arts and Sciences
  • A View of the Obelisk erected under Liberty-Tree in Boston: on the rejoicings of the repeal of the — Stamp Act 1766
  • The Tory’s Day of Judgment
  • Raising the Liberty Pole, 1776
  • Liberty Flagstaff
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Big Clay #3 (2008–2011), an outdoor sculpture by the Swiss artist Urs Fischer (b. 1973), is a mighty impressive sight (fig. 1). Ten meters high and rendered in dull gray metal, it towers over its viewers. Yet it began as a gesture of remarkable slightness. The artist simply squeezed a lump of modeling clay in his hand, creating an impromptu maquette....
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The screen remained entirely black. “Night after night,” the American sculptor Gutzon Borglum (1867–1941), most famous for making Mount Rushmore, projected a two-and-a-half-inch glass slide ...
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In June 1864, as the war to reunite the states bloodied the nation, the Chicago Pork Packers Association proposed a different union: that of the city’s various livestock exchanges ...
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On May 30, 1578, the English privateer Martin Frobisher (1539?–1594) launched the last of three ill-fated voyages toward a northwest passage to Asia. His sixteen ships left Harwich one month later than planned, headed for eastern Greenland. Passage or no, Frobisher had a supplementary motive: he meant to mine and...
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In the years preceding the American Revolution, people in Manhattan politically measured their place by marking their relation to the tallest things in the urban landscape. Between 1766 and 1776, five liberty poles—pine ships’ masts that were refashioned into political symbols—were successively erected...
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