Posted by the editors on Sunday, 22 January 2012
Carol Vogel has written a very interesting article entitled “True to His Abstraction” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times, looking at the work of the abstract artist Ellsworth Kelly, his painting, sculptures, reliefs and prints, and his life-long focus on abstraction. Sharp, aware, inspiring and vibrant, Kelly, 88 years old, offers some fascinating commentary on his work, and the work of others, and is, in many ways, an exemplary artist’s artist, dedicated to his vision, despite the vicissitudes of the art market and the art-star status of many of his contemporaries.
The article includes an excellent slideshow, here.
See our post Ellsworth Kelly – Reliefs 2009-2010 & Black & White Drawings – His Own Richest Source of Inspiration
top image: Ellsworth Kelly/Matthew Marks Gallery, The New York Times
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Posted by the editors on Friday, 30 December 2011
The thoughtful and astute art critic Roberta Smith, has written a short article entitled “Two Artists Who Embraced Freedom” in the Art & Design section of The New York Times looking at the similarities and differences between the works of the artists Helen Frankenthaler and John Chamberlain, who both, sadly, passed away very recently. Smith’s sensitive and sharp mind and feeling for their work offers a discrete eulogy for two great American artists, their work’s importance in the transition from Abstract Expressionism, and the continued repercussions of their techniques and sensibilities even today.
Grace Glueck has also written a very fine article entitled “Helen Frankenthaler, Abstract Painter Who Shaped a Movement, Dies at 83” this time, in the Arts section of The New York Times, looking at, in more detail, the beautiful and pioneering work of Frankenthaler.
An excellent slideshow accompanies the article, here.
See our previous post on Helen Frankenthaler, Helen Frankenthaler – 30 Years of More Than Colorfield at Knoedler & Co.
top image: Mountains and Sea, by Helen Frankenthaler: Helen Frankenthaler/Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York/The New York Times
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Posted by the editors on Saturday, 24 December 2011
The Counterfeiters (2007) Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky starring Karl Markovics and others. Based on the story of Operation Bernhard, a Nazi plan to flood the market with counterfeit British Pounds; the counterfeiting is done by Jewish prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp. The excellent acting by Markovics, portraying fascinating and complex Salomon “Sally” Sorowitsch, a counterfeiter before the war, is fundamental in the success of The Counterfeiters. The film tries very hard to ask the questions “How much cooperation with evil is justified in the name of survival? How can the imperative to stay alive compete with the obligations to help others, and to oppose injustice?”, as A.O. Scott put it in The New York Times, and mostly succeeds thanks to the diversity of ideologies and personal morality embodied by the group of prisoners working on Operation Bernhard. Nevertheless, one could be somewhat perturbed by the individualisation of the Nazi menace: there are and always have been sadistic individuals; Nazism was, on the other hand, a wide-spread, profoundly organised terror, and this is less apparent in the film, though it is, in fact, the very reason the above questions needed to be posed. Having said that, The Counterfeiters, winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2007, is an excellent film, though perhaps a bit average in its purely cinematic qualities, the situation portrayed is complex and moving, the acting, in general, is very good and the end result is a serious drama with more than a touch of a thriller, that is well worth watching. (PR)
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Posted by the editors on Thursday, 8 December 2011
Coming Through Slaughter (1976)(Novel) By Michael Ondaatje (The English Patient (1992), Anil’s Ghost (2000), Divisadero (2007), The Cat’s Table (2011)). This slim, unconventional novel takes place in New Orleans in the early 1900s and takes as its theme the inspired tragic life of the cornetist Buddy Bolden, one of the mythical fathers of jazz. And as the birth of jazz, from fragments of blues and religious hymns is the backdrop for Coming Through Slaughter, Booker Prize-winning author Michael Ondaatje‘s novel is a lyrical,evocative mosaic of fragments: fictional first and third person observations, commentary and confessions, asylum records, photos, lists and more. Coming Through Slaughter is an intimate, tragic and poetically contemporary look at the colorful, ebullient and iconoclastic life of a mythic and gritty, down and dirty early 20th century New Orleans amid rumors of jazz. A must-read novel. (PR)
See our post on Michael Ondaatje’s novel, The English Patient, winner of the 1992 Man Booker Prize for Fiction and his novel Divisadero. And for more on the theme of early 20th century jazz (and much more), our post on the marvelous novel Jazz, by the multi-award-winning author Toni Morrison.
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