• The End of the World

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    An Apocalypse. The Rapture. The Mayan Prophecy. Judgment Day. Armageddon.

    The puzzle of how and when (and if) the world will end has consumed artists through every civilization.

    The visual arts authenticate our fixation on Doomsday, giving form to endless prophecies of destruction, paired with heroism and redemption.


Armageddon: The Apocalypse Wagon

American photographer Zachary Wasserman captures the feel of Armageddon in these shots.  Based in Berkeley, he took them at Burning Man, held annually for a week on Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. The festival forms a temporary city of performers and artists with impromptu installations and music – capped by the burning of a giant effigy.


Michael Peck: Childhood Dystopia

Prize-winning Australian artist Michael Peck takes on desolation in childhood in The Landing, one of his series of oil paintings focused on dislocation in the post-modern world.


Artist Keith Haring’s AIDS Apocalypse

When the late renowned artist Keith Haring was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988, he collaborated with author William S. Burroughs on this Apocalypse series, which offers an insight into Haring’s personal struggle with the disease.  He died in 1990.


Apocalypse Live: Epic scenes from Ukraine

The images coming from Kiev, Ukraine are apocalyptic at a level that a film or work of art could never reach. This photograph by Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA is one of hundreds that articulate the capital’s disintegration.


Rene McGinnis: Impending Disasters

Renee McGinnis creates the ominous threat of impending disasters in these allegorical paintings, from her Empirical Eternity series.


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