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Archive for the ‘Art World’ Category

New Doc Shows Bauhaus on the Beach

Cape Cod, where I spend as much time as I can, can not only boast fantastic beaches, world famous oysters, and the wild east that is Provincetown, but a number of Bauhaus-inspired dune-dwellings—some by celebrated architects, many of them abandoned and falling apart.

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“In the Air”: New York in the Round

T.J. Wilcox’s “In the Air” is the year’s second major museum installation that harks back to the 19th century moving panoramas and kindred spectacles that amazed audiences with gigantic painted vistas of mountains, cities, and seascapes.

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Jem Cohen’s “Museum Hours”: Take a Look

Not quite sui generis but certainly unclassifiable, “Museum Hours”—the latest feature by experimental filmmaker Jem Cohen—might best be described an exercise in framing, although even that makes the movie seem more formal and less welcoming than it is.

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Jack Goldstein: Image on the Edge

Real projected 16mm film abounds at the Jewish Museum’s current retrospective devoted to the Byronic, quasi-underground California conceptualist Jack Goldstein (1945-2003).

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Jack Smith, Man of Myth

Jack Smith as Norebo, Prince of the Venusian Munchkins (mid '60s)

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Andy and Paul Make Movies – Together?

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Nagisa Oshima: Avant Garde “Ninja”

Nagisa Oshima's "Band of Ninja"

“Tokyo 1955-1970”, the current sixth-floor exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art is subtitled “A New Avant-Garde”, and, as rich and strange and garish as the show is, I’m inclined to call it “an Other Avant-Garde.” Trauma is indistinguishable from liberation. Science fiction rules. (It reminds me of Robert Smithson’s fondness for the Museum of Natural History where, he wrote, “the time states of ‘1984’ are mixed with those of ‘One Million BC.’) The show’s two poles are the mutant and the primordial; its operating principle, for reception even more than production, would seem to be creative misunderstanding. (more…)

“Reconversão”: Eduardo Souto de Moura en Situ

A highly original motion picture historian—both as a writer and a filmmaker—Thom Andersen is a pioneer who has laid out a number of paths that I personally have followed.

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Spending (More) Time with “The Clock”

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Barbara Rubin: An Angel on Canal Street

A personality so legendary that her legend is legend, Barbara Rubin (1945-1980) was a one-woman counterculture who made scenes the way others made movies–although she did make those as well. If Jack Smith was the New York City underground’s Alfred Jarry, Rubin was its Arthur Rimbaud; she’s an enigma who may be pondered in the dense, fascinating, evocative archival exhibit currently at Boo-Hooray on Canal Street, west of Lafayette.

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