Is That A Painting Of The World Trade Center On Fire Hanging On Christianne Amanpour’s Living Room Wall?

The picture appears in yesterday’s New York Times Magazine in a feature about Amanpour’s apartment and the items she has collected as an international “journalist.”

You be the judge.  It won’t let me download the picture so click below and let me know if I am way off base or onto something.

WTC On Fire?

Amanpour lists it as her favorite item in her apartment.

12. Favorite Item in the Apartment: A massive painting that I got in Iran, a few years ago, by Farideh Lashai, a friend who is also Iran’s pre-eminent abstract-expressionist painter. It gives me joy every time I walk in my door.

Looks an awful lot like a WTC tower to me.

Update: Linked at Weasel Zippers.  Thanks, Zip!

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6 thoughts on “Is That A Painting Of The World Trade Center On Fire Hanging On Christianne Amanpour’s Living Room Wall?

  1. That’s not one but both towers.

    The smoke coming from the upper North Tower and lower South Tower.

    This isn’t abstract enough to not be able to tell what it is – I’ve spent 30+ years in the art community so I think I’m fit to be able to interpret such a miserable waste of media as is any layperson.

    I have no doubt it fills Amanpour with joy every time she enters the room.

    I think that the artist Farideh Lashai’s only exhibit in the USA having been in Berkeley gives us a bit of a clue as to her political leanings, no?

  2. Unreal. Not difficult to imagine her as someone who feels we had it coming, but to glorify it with that canvas? Revolting!

  3. I saw that article and googled a few keywords to see if anyone else had the same impression. Glad to see I’m not alone on this. It’s disgusting and horrific. Either she knows it and likes it or she doesn’t know it (well, in the article she does say that she’s not quick).

  4. Is it really the WTC? Yes, absolutely, and not “open to interpretation”.

    Should anyone question whether it represents the WTC, spend a little time with art that doesn’t look like a picture, that is anything after about 1850. You want a picture, buy a camera.
    The apartment is in New York, with a view of the skyline.
    The proportions and positioning just happen to be like the twin towers.
    Black smoke from the jet fuel fire, billowing smoke out the top of the building, and little white shoots, perhaps representing life draining out from those incinerated in the orange flames, perhaps representing wounds, or both, or more.
    Even if you need a picture to get the point, put this up next to a photo of WTC 1 & 2 on fire and you’ll see they are physically similar, suggesting the jihadist, err, person oppressed by the patriarchy .. oh, um, victim of colonialism argghhh sput sput ||| death to amerikka!!! ||| (dang no italic function) ….
    used a photo of three thousand souls being murdered is the template for the not so original work of not much art.

    It’s not even real abstract art, it’s a barely disguised statement of war.

    And no, there will be no outrage on the Left. Small circulation papers had statements like “the people in the WTC towers were not your friends” etc etc.

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