THERE WAS ANOTHER ERA WHEN WE WERE ALL SCARED TO DEATH – IT WAS THE ATOMIC BOMB AGE

Dr. JOHN O’BRIAN has one impressive CV – author of numerous books on art criticism and history, writer of poetry and, since 1987, Professor of Art History at the University of British Columbia in VANCOUVER. He’s also the editor of the four-volume edition of ‘Clement Greenberg: The Collected Essays and Criticism (1986 and 1993)’. All four volumes were named to The New York Times list of “best” books of the year, and they’ve received hundreds of scholarly citations.<PHOTO ABOVE – ‘Atomic Lanes’, Michael Crawford, collection of John O’Brian>As well, Professor O’Brian collects vintage photography, with a particular interest in the atom bomb and the nuclear age. These are some of his photographs from an Art Gallery of Ontario exhibition that took place in 2015. He was the guest-curator.<PHOTOS ABOVE – Atomic postcard, explosion at Yucca Flat; a cave bomb shelter, June 1972; and a hydrogen-bomb explosion crater, Yucca Flat, Nevada, October 1967><PHOTO – This could really give you the willies – an atomic bomb cloud dwarfing TORONTO’s then-tallest skysraper, the Bank of Commerce, 475 feet high; destructive radius 2-miles plus>

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