Disaster Art

Diana Thater at David Zwirner Gallery Is The Daily Pic By Blake Gopnik

The Daily Pic: After Sandy, Diana Thater shows that Chernobyl was even worse.

(Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York)

This image of an abandoned music room near Chernobyl is by L.A. artist Diana Thater. On Friday, her Chernobyl-themed video installation will go on view at David Zwirner gallery in New York – barely ten days after the gallery was flooded chest-high by Hurricane Sandy, as I discussed in a big feature on today’s Daily Beast. It bears witness to Zwirner’s deep resources – but also to the gallery’s fleet-footedness. The Thater show was due to happen in the New Year, but Zwirner and his staff realized how perfectly suited it was to New York’s post-disaster moment. (Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York)

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