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Gopnik's Daily Pic: Kapoor's mirror at the Met

By Blake Gopnik

The latest feed from my morning musings about art and objects at www.blakegopnik.com.

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(Blake Gopnik for the Washington Post)

A giant mirror by Anish Kapoor, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Kapoor assembles thousands of hexagonal mirrors, maybe an inch across, to form one concave, compound surface that's like a shaving mirror seven feet wide.

Yes, it is science-fair art, and it's all about a special effect. But what an effect. From up close, you see yourself reflected small in each tile, but also as a larger, overall reflection that's made up of dozens of Mini Yous. From a bit further off, you see a huge, virtual reflection of yourself in the room, hovering in space but upside down. It's an experiment in real-world cubism, destabilizing self and place.

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(Courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

By Blake Gopnik  | November 15, 2010; 7:37 AM ET
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Contemporary Art, Museums  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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