31 October 2009


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October 2009

30 October 2009

On Second Thought . . .

Red though the faces may be, MoMA owns up to saying 'no thanks' to Warhol.

Urs Looking At You, Kid

A new installation by art world wonder-boy Urs Fischer.

The Shape of Things

A meditation on art, forms and the work of Henry Fuseli.

King David

Are you a fan of David Hockney?  Jonathan Jones loves his latest.

29 October 2009

Fleeting Image

Fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth on the power of a haunting picture.

Scared As Hell

Okay . . . Halloween's upon us.  Time to mull over which flicks have sent the most shivvers up the spine.

Here's one list.  Agree?

Good Omens

The Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery's opened a remarkable exhibit, focusing on images created hundreds of years ago designed to divine.

The Stark Face of War

The National Portrait Gallery's mounted a new exhibition featurings artists engaging with war experience through portraiture.  Rick Yarosh is one of the subjects.

Hard Read

Photographer Mark Edwards pairs some of his most harrowing pictures with the lyrics of Dylan's A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall.  The results are striking.

And God Created . . . Crumb

An illustrated version of the Bible . . . well, the first fifty chapters, anyway.  And the man wielding the pen?  Our old friend R. Crumb.

Here's a closer look at Genesis Nineteen.

A Keen Eye

Photographer Roy DeCarava, who chronicled the African-American experience for decades, has died at the age of eighty-nine.

28 October 2009

More Than Meets the Eye -- VII

The concluding part of Errol Morris' exploration of the 'truth' of photography through the work of two famous artists who chronicled life in mid-1930s rural America.

Lord A-Leaping

Within months of his dust-up with Prince Charles, British architect Lord Rogers has landed a choice commission.

Life Behind the Lens

The Guardian's Jane Brown has photographed them all, it seems.  And her work's featured in a new book, Exposures.  Here's a short video interview with her.

Silver Screen

The arrival of a new offering from Joel and Ethan Coen is always worthy of note.  And, at least according to Andrew Pulver in The Guardian, their newest film, A Serious Man, more than meets expectations.


There are some pretty fair photographers on the other side of the pond, and a new exhibit in London features their best work.

Good Knight

Among fashion photogs, Nick Knight has quite a reputation.  His images are compelling.

Out of Africa

Talk show host Tavis Smiley's mounting what he boasts is "the biggest, baddest and boldest exhibition ever to tell the African-American contribution to this country."  America I Am: The African American Imprint is in L. A.

You Look Mahhvelous

Ah, the beautiful people.  They never go out of style, do they?  Here's a gallery of Marina Cicogna's photographs of jet set types from the 60s.

27 October 2009

Silver Screen

The bidding war is on for the next flick from the creator of the upstart Paranormal Activity.

More Than Meets the Eye -- VI

Part Six of documentary filmmaker Errol Morris' fascinating look at Arthur Rothstein, Walker Evans and the 'reality' they photographed in  mid-1930s America.

African and American

There is a long African-American tradition of basket weaving in this country.  It's explored in an exhibition at UCLA.

More Than Meets the Eye -- V

The fifth installment of Errol Morris' examination of the work of photographers and writers documenting life in rural America in the mid-1930s.  Where does the 'truth' of a photograph lie?

26 October 2009

Art and International Politics

There is no shortage of fights over who owns some priceless antiquities.

Royal Row

The battle between Prince Charles and Britain's architects over modernist works rages on.

Car Talk

Germaine Greer examines the work of Australian artist Ben Quilty. 

25 October 2009

More Than Meets the Eye -- IV

Part Four of Errol Morris' series on exploring the 'truth' of a photograph.

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Brush?

Language has been and remains a central feature in art.  But why use text at all?  Shouldn't the visual image be about transcending words?  Here's how several artists respond.

Frontline Art

A new exhibition from a British soldier-artist back from Afghanistan.

24 October 2009

Silver Screen

After all the hype and all the horror stories of film festival crowds left squirming in their seats, Lars von Trier's Antichrist has arrived.  

Read A. O. Scott's take in the New York Times.

From Magic to Modernity

The occult influence in British art is on display as part of a new exhibit, The Dark Monarch.

Wild World

If you appreciate good wildlife photography, here are some terrific pictures.

23 October 2009

More Than Meets the Eye -- III

Errol Morris continues his series examining the photographic portrayal of Depression-era America and how truthful it was.


Arshile Gorky at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Well-Attired Samurai

When these warriors went into battle, then did it in style -- and it's on display at New York's Metropolitan Museum.

Mao Mao Uprising

Chinese artists and the Chairman.

Camera Man

Just another encounter with a fellow bus rider?  Not when he's Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Silver Screen

In the annals of cinema, Orson Welles commands legendary status -- as much for his shortcomings as his astonishing successes.  David Thomson says there's a good reason that can be summed up in one word:  genius.

22 October 2009

Police Beat

The LAPD's moving into new headquarters.  And they are a far cry from the humble precinct house down the block.

More Than Meets the Eye -- II

The second installment of Errol Morris' fascinating Zoom blog series for the New York Times.

Call of the Wild

This evocative image has been honored as the wildlife photograph of the year.  Here's a  gallery of winning work.

21 October 2009

Return of the Native

Brian Jungen may be a member of a Canadian tribe -- but there's no way he's going to let himself be pigeonholed as an 'Indian' artist.


Space Man

Architect Norman Foster takes on the challenge of designing a gallery to fit a sliver of Bowery space.

Aqua Velvet

It is a stunning addition to the Chicago skyline, and -- guess what?  The Aqua Tower is not the product of a male architect's libido.

On Parr

Photographer Martin Parr's world may not be like yours.  But it's worth exploring.  Here's a short video tour of his latest exhibit in England.

More Than Meets the Eye

Filmmaker Errol Morris is fond of ruffling our notions of photographic 'truth.'  He's at it again, in always intriguing fashion.

Hitting the Big Five-O

The Guggenheim's marking a milestone

Credit Where Credit's Due

Artist John Knight's Los Angeles exhibit resonates in today's credit-crunched world.

Out of Africa

The Modernist movement in photography and African art.  The unlikely nexus on display in Washington.

The Eye of the Beholder

As I've done before, today I'm featuring art by a talented friend.  In this case, it's Lorrie Sarafin of Phoenix.  Here is a small sampling of her photos.