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Tony Conrad — Critical Audiovisions

19 April 2016 2:40 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Tony Conrad, 1983. Photo by Joe Gibbons.Tony Conrad, who passed away on April 9 aged 76, was a vital figure in the fields of both filmmaking and music. His work in each is often characterized by its visceral power, its clear-eyed critique of Western art traditions, its interest in social questions and relations of control, its technical virtuosity and wit.Conrad was an indisputable innovator. His film works, beginning with The Flicker (1966) and continuing through, the Yellow Movies (1973), Film Feedback (1974), the ‘cooked film’ and ‘pickled film’ series, and many others, pushing the medium to its inner and outer limits: exploring the potential of long durations, stroboscopic effects, the physical properties of celluloid, the relation of filmmaker to spectator, the relation of film to other arts and to history. Conrad also created a vast number of video works, reflecting the same incisive energy. Too seldom referred to in contemporary writing about experimental film, »

- Yusef Sayed

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Will Ferrell, Ryan Seacrest Join for Lacma Collectors Committee 30th Anniversary Dinner

17 April 2016 12:49 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

With eight items up for acquisition Saturday at Lacma’s annual Collectors Committee dinner, there was one that struck an obvious chord with a number of industry players who would vote on which artworks to make part of the museum’s permanent collection. “My favorite piece is the video collection. I’m a visual guy,” Will Ferrell told The Hollywood Reporter about a selection of 150 videos from the 1970s featuring artists like Nam June Paik, Mike Kelley and John Baldessari. At $350,000, it also was the favorite of Steve Tisch and Bryan Lourd of CAA. Needless to say, the collection quickly

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Daily | Tony Conrad, 1940 – 2016

10 April 2016 7:09 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Yesterday, Buffalo News arts critic Colin Dabrowski broke the news that composer, artist and filmmaker Tony Conrad had passed away earlier in the day at the age of 76. "Conrad, who taught in the University at Buffalo's media study department since 1976, was idolized by a generation of composers, musicians and artists who credit him with changing the course of American art and music with his seemingly endless series of inventive projects, performances and installations." Artforum adds that "Jack Smith, Mike Kelley, and Henry Flynt were among his many frequent collaborators. Conrad also composed as part of the Theatre of Eternal Music, which included John Cale and La Monte Young. A book in his collection, titled The Velvet Underground, ultimately gave rise to the name of Lou Reed’s eponymous band." » - David Hudson »

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