Can Art Capture the Trauma of the Hiroshima Bombing?

Good art is on view in this exhibition about the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima 70 years ago. But in this case, art cannot match the power of direct documentation of the event.

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On August 15, 1945, at 12 noon, while the Emperor’s capitulation speech was being broadcast on the radio, Hamaya Hiroshi pointed his camera at the sun and took five single shots. In an article in the catalog...