The Art of the Earthquake

  • Today’s 5.8-magnitude earthquake shook The Observer newsroom in Midtown Manhattan, but once it passed, our minds turned to finer things–contemporary art, namely, that fine and elegant mediator of trauma.

    At left, a guide to the works through which we experienced, and are reflecting on, the tumult, from Doris Salcedo’s terrifying cracked floor at Tate Modern—a foreboding sign of doom—to scenes of post-apocalyptic disaster by the likes of Urs Fischer and Christoph Büchel.

    We conclude with Carsten Holler’s Upside-Down Glasses, designed to do exactly what their title suggests, showing a changed world, a world that we avoided today.

  • Photo: Gavin Brown's Enterprise

  • Photo: Deitch Projects

  • Photo: Tate

  • Photo: MOCA LA

  • Photo: Kwong Yee Cheng / Flickr

  • Photo: Toledo Art Museum

  • Photo: Andrew Moore

  • Photo: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary