9 items from 2015
Magpie-eyed artist Jim Shaw has spent most of his career in the shadows of his good friends and colleagues Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy. He recently told The New Yorker that that he played "Poncho" to the late Kelly’s “Cisco Kid.” Now the New Museum is giving Shaw his time in the sun with an excellent, full-fledged three-floor retrospective, “The End Is Here,” which examines his eccentric activities and includes him functioning simultaneously as collector, curator, and artist. This is not altogether unusual for artists of his generation. Yet Shaw is his own breed of appropriation artist who both does and doesn't fit his generation. His appropriation has a distinct, self-effacing quirky generosity about it — something encyclopedic, delirious, manic that helped perpetuate and detonate lots of subsequent ideas about styles of two-dimensional rendering, including calendar and fashion illustration, pulp fiction and pinup depiction, porn, and other semi-looked-down-on or low »
- Jerry Saltz
On October 22, John Mellencamp will open a new show. Not of songs at a concert but of paintings (like the Arshile Gorky–influenced one above). The rock star is just the latest in a tumble of actors, singers, newscasters, and others of their famous ilk who feel the need to be seen, and taken seriously, as visual artists. I’ve written before about how freaked out I was contemplating the intense, almost village-idiot-like unself-conscious paintings of George W. Bush. For once, through his work, I got to peek inside his strange inner life. Could, I wondered, the same thing happen by looking at the work of entertainment celebrities, typically enshrined in their own publicity bell jars? Some of these boldfaced names range relatively far afield: Miley Cyrus has gone big into sculpture (and was compared by art impresario Jeffrey Deitch to Mike Kelley), and last year, Jay Z took a »
- Jerry Saltz
Everest recounts the real-life story of the May 10, 1996 trek to the top of the world's highest peak - a day that would become the deadliest in its history. (That record has sadly since been surpassed.) The movie is based on climber and survivor Beck Weathers's memoir, Left For Dead: My Journey Home From Everest, but most people are more familiar with another book about the fateful expedition: journalist Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air. The film, while epic and frightening - especially when captured in expansive IMAX 3D - still somehow doesn't compare to the real human drama - which, in my opinion, these two books better harness. Read on for more of the true story of Weathers' incredible survival and to find out about his life after Everest. Weathers and Brolin at the La premiere of Everest in Sept. Weathers, now 68, is played by Josh Brolin in the film. »
- Lindsay Miller
Everest recounts the real-life story of the May 10, 1996 trek to the top of the world's highest peak - a day that would become the deadliest in its history. (That record has sadly since been surpassed.) The movie is based on climber and survivor Beck Weathers's memoir, Left For Dead: My Journey Home From Everest, but most people are more familiar with another book about the fateful expedition: journalist Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild. The film, while epic and frightening - especially when captured in expansive IMAX 3D - still somehow doesn't compare to the real human drama - which, in my opinion, these two books better harness. Read on for more of the true story of Weathers' incredible survival and to find out about his life after Everest. Weathers and Brolin at the La premiere of Everest in Sept. Weathers, now 68, is played by Josh Brolin in the film. »
- Lindsay Miller
Hopefully, you’ve had a few minutes to play around with our Fall Entertainment Generator. But if you’re looking for straight and simple lists of things to look out for by medium, we’ll be breaking them out separately. Here’s a look at fall art exhibitions and installations.September 9/2Charles SwedlundThrough 10/3, Higher PicturesThe legendary octogenarian photographer trained with masters of abstraction Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. 9/9“Katherine Bernhardt: Pablo & Efrain”Through, 10/24, Venus Over Manhattan Sensual color and compositional jam-ups of everyday objects, all rendered with the magical eye of a Berber rug. — Jerry Saltz 9/10“Dana Schutz: Fight in an Elevator” Through 10/24, Petzel GallerySchutz’s colorful abstracted figural pictorial structure does with space and composition what Brice Marden does with his looping lines. — J.S. Mike Kelley Through 10/24, Hauser & WirthKelley’s Kandors — late works that borrow their name from the capital of Superman’s home planet and take shape »
- Ian Epstein
Spoiler Alert: This story contains details of Sunday night's Revenge series finale. It was always promised, going back to original Revenge creator Mike Kelley, that the nighttime soap series would end with two graves. Amanda Clarke aka Emily Thorne was always bound to off the dynasty nemesis who plagued her life, Hamptons queen bee Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe), but we never knew who that second body would be lying next to Victoria. Logically, fans always thought it… »
“Revenge” was one of those intriguing pilots that by all rights should have birthed a limited series, or at least truncated seasons. Instead, ABC and the producers milked the show through the equivalent of a full presidential term, which meant boarding the train to Silly-ville some time ago, hoping plenty of steam would compensate for (or perhaps obscure) some of the more laughable twists and turns. All that came to an end Sunday, in a series finale that, not unexpectedly, overheated a dish best served cold.
For all the twists and turns, the last episode (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched) managed to be wholly predictable, granting Amanda Clarke (Emily VanCamp) a happy ending with her long-postponed coupling with Jack (Nick Wechsler) — a guy who, if you think about it, has a strange habit of romancing women named Amanda Clarke.
It didn’t help that several key members »
- Brian Lowry
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Question: I am sure you are getting bombarded with Grey’s Anatomy questions, but after Thursday’s episode I’m a little confused: I could’ve sworn Patrick Dempsey signed a two-year contract with ABC last year. What gives? —Laura
Ausiello: Four things: (1) Yes, it’s true, he signed a contract last year that was supposed to carry him through a potential Season 12. (2) Contracts are made to be broken. (3) Contracts tend to give networks/studios the “option” to »
As we delve deeper into the second half of Revenge‘s fourth — and potentially final — season, we find ourselves wondering: Will everyone soon know Emily’s secret? How will characters’ loyalties shift? And, of course, who will live to find out?
TVLine caught up with four of Revenge‘s key players for the scoop…
Jack V. Black | Is Daniel saving a spot for Jack in Revenge heaven? Nick Wechsler tells TVLine we should be “fairly worried” about the Hamptons’ new rookie cop, as Malcolm Black is “going to come after whoever it is that [killed Kate]. I’ll be honest, he’s coming after me. »
9 items from 2015
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