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Cary Leibowitz: (paintings and belt buckles) Invisible Exports Through October 13, 2013 "In the beginning was the Word…" John 1:1 "On our way to a single pictorial audience! We are the Plan, the System, the Organization! Direct your creative work in line with Economy!" El Lissitzky, Unovis street flyer, 1919 "So funny it just occurred to me I haven't thought about suicide in weeks" Cary Leibowitz
In or around 1920 or '21 the painter and propagandist El Lissitzky painted a small, unassuming gouache picture for reproduction in a magazine or journal with the words "Rosa Luxemburg" lettered in, then painted over, to make a once-declarative statement (political solidarity with the case of Rosa Luxemburg) instead a quiet, self-effacing comment, though unintentional, about the absurdity of making art a weapon or tool of politics. El Lissitzky knew even back then, in another century, before Wikileaks or Edward Snowden, that he was trafficking in shit way above his head. »
Women in Film: Marilyn Monroe, Ava Gardner, and dozens of movie actresses in curious morphing montage A few dozen top international female movie stars, most of them Hollywood celebrities, are seen in the Women in Film morphing montage below created by Philip Scott Johnson. The faces belong to actresses from the 1910s to the early 21st century. (Image: The ‘Daughter’ of Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner — who sort of looks like a cross between Eleanor Parker and Cyd Charisse as well — in the Women in Film morphing montage.) Just as interesting as trying to identify each of the famous faces is stopping the video while the morphing is going on, so you get Daughter of Marilyn Monroe and Ava Gardner, or Daughter of Audrey Hepburn and Dorothy Dandridge, or Daughter of Michelle Pfeiffer and Sigourney Weaver. Some of those Daughters are quite pretty; others look like they’ve just landed on this planet. »
- Andre Soares
Thirty years ago, the actor teamed with other then-rising stars -- including Glenn Close, William Hurt, Kevin Kline and Jeff Goldblum -- in director and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan's Motown-scored comedy-drama about college friends drawn back together to mourn a suicidal peer (played by Kevin Costner, who went unseen in the version ultimately released).
"I kind of did a little bit afterwards," the friendly Berenger tells Zap2it of maintaining contact with fellow cast members from the modern classic that cast him as television star Sam Weber, magazine-cover famous for playing "Magnum, P.I."-like action hero J.T. Lancer.
"I remember getting together with Bill Hurt in New York a couple of times, and there were phone calls after that. And of course, I »
Rosie Schaap's sharply written memoir, Drinking With Men, is a collection of scenes from the bars she frequented in different phases of her life. It's a fairly cinematic approach, as the New York Times "Drink" columnist would readily admit. "Because I've been involved in bar life for so long, I'm always kind of sensitive to the way bars are depicted in movies," she tells us. Too often, she believes, the bar setting is used as shorthand for rock bottom, as in Looking for Mr. Goodbar and It's a Wonderful Life. (The latter may be a holiday classic, but "that bartender's such a prick," she says.) So what makes for a good bar scene? We had Rosie take us on a pub crawl through her thirteen favorites. »
- Gwynne Watkins
4 items from 2013
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