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The MET Features Ellsworth Kelly’s Plant Drawings

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plant Ellsworth Kelly’s plane beauty  At the Lexington Avenue and 53rd Street subway station, I was recently reminded of Ellsworth Kelly’s excellence in the realm of public art. Even with stacks of newspapers piled against the left panel of a green/blue arc and Service Changes taped to companion panels, his work seemed oblivious to the intrusion [&hellip
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Armond White on Spaghetti Westerns and The Birth of Cynicism

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franco-nero-DJANGO-300x300 Spaghetti Westerns, Film Forum’s current retrospective (now through June 21) may be the most important series that redoubtable, unpredictable New York institution has ever shown. This extensive three-week, 26-film survey of the 1960s Italian film genre reexamines its history but most compellingly asks the question “Do we watch movies as adults or as children?” That [&hellip
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The CityArts Interview with Director Mathieu Demy

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By Gregory Solman The son of the late French filmmaker Jacques Demy (Lola, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg) and his formerly estranged wife Agnes Varda (Far from Vietnam, The Gleaners and I), Mathieu Demy sees his first directorial feature Americano as a riposte to his mother’s 1981 film Documenteur: An Emotion Picture. One of Varda’s many [&hellip
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British Pop Trio Saint Etienne Release New Album

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Saint Etienne explore pop—exquisitely By Ben Kessler “My momma said don’t go There’s nothing for you there…” —Saint Etienne, “Heading for the Fair” In James Joyce’s “Araby,” the third story in Dubliners, a pubescent boy shows up late to the eponymous fair, hoping to find a gift that will earn him the affection of a [&hellip
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When America Met Modernism

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CA-Dickinson The Absinthe Drinker_1 By John Goodrich When America Met Modernism If the New York School marked the ascendancy of some uniquely American traits—a physical frankness, a zeal for open spaces and untamed possibilities, a practicality of expression—what, then, characterized the preceding decades of American art? The 40 paintings, sculptures, photographs and works on paper in Gerald Peters Gallery’s [&hellip
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Interview with Bill Bragin, Curator of Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing

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Bill Bragin Bill Bragin Bill Bragin, “curator/presenter” of Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing and Lincoln Center Out of Doors, clued into music’s transcendental effects early on. As a teen on Long Island, friends gathered after school in his record-strewn bedroom to hear his latest vinyl discoveries. Before one track had even finished, Bragin would be setting up [&hellip
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Tailored Excess

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noise Gossip and Xenomania make joyful noise By Ben Kessler Arkansas-bred indie band Gossip (née The Gossip; like Facebook, they dropped the definite article) came to A Joyful Noise, their fifth studio album, having exhausted the exhortative possibilities of millennial dance-punk. Ahead of the pop culture curve, singer Beth Ditto went the distance—shorter than it seems—from [&hellip
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Shirley Clarke: The godmother of indie cinema

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Recalling a Film Pioneer’s History By Renfreu Neff Shirley Clarke was the godmother of indie films. “Underground films” they were called in the ’60’s, and despite technology that made film and video equipment more maneuverable, making it more accessible to individual creativity, it was essentially a male universe. The Direct Cinema gents –Robert Drew, Richard [&hellip
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What A Video Game Says About a Culture: Review of Binary

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BinaryDomain2 By Steve Haske Criminally overlooked in retail despite its unique qualities, Binary is in many ways similar to Blade Runner: in the future, cybernetic technology is so advanced that it becomes possible to create robots that are indistinguishable from humans. After a U.S. attack by a so-called “hollow child,” an international spec-ops team is sent to [&hellip
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Less Talk, More Rock

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Gilbert Neikrug’s New Concerto at the Philharmonic By JAY NORDLINGER On a Friday afternoon, the New York Philharmonic began a concert with the Corsair overture of Berlioz. Then it was time for a new work, a concerto for orchestra by Marc Neikrug. The conductor, Alan Gilbert, did not stride to the podium to conduct. He and the [&hellip
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