Rematch: The Mad Men of Art

Written by Melissa Stern on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown

Remembering how Munch and Warhol matched wits at Scandinavia House At first glance the pairing of Andy Warhol and Edvard Munch seems an unlikely coupling. However, as expertly explained by the curators at Scandinavia House, these two artists shared a startling number of common interests. The exhibition, “Munch and Warhol, and Multiple Image” is an [&hellip
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Faith, Hope and Cinema

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Makhmalbaf’s new masterpiece explores religious need The secular tendency that dominates today’s movies makes the spiritual inquiry in The Gardener even more remarkable. It is the bold new film by one of the great international moviemakers, Iran’s Mohsen Makhmalbaf, who typically, transcends genre; here mixing the religious feeling of Biblical epics like Frank Borzage’s The [&hellip
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It’s a Nerd, Nerd, Nerd, Nerd World

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Computer Chess is Mumblecore’s first gear shift Whatever else is going on in Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess, it is also–unmistakably–a satire on film culture’s extinction. The weird weekend gathering of chess and computer geeks at an early 80s conference (they’re testing whether a machine can outplay a human being) is deliberately antique-looking; it becomes a [&hellip
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Smelling a Rat

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown

The Wolverine’s decomposition of a summer blockbuster As I sat down at the AMC Empire cinema in Times Square for that evening’s all-media screening, I could smell a dead rat–and then The Wolverine confirmed it. It wasn’t the first time that an all-media screening took place in that filthy, Crossroads-of-Consumerism flea pit (very recently a [&hellip
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Key Krazy

Written by Jay Nordlinger on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Notes from a piano extravaganza  Jerome Rose presides over the annual piano extravaganza at Mannes College. More formally, this extravaganza is the International Keyboard Institute & Festival, or IKIF. Rose is its founder and director. IKIF takes place in the second half of July. And, every year, Rose gives the opening recital. This year, he [&hellip
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Toys Are Rust

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Dusting off Del Toro’s fatally childish Pacific Rim After Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel brought visual ingenuity, emotion and moral gravity to the sci-fi spectacular, it’s hard to settle for over-the-top childishness like Pacific Rim. Director Guillermo del Toro favors frivolous exaggeration–the world under attack by Kaiju, gargantuan sea monsters. Mankind fights back by building [&hellip
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Praise Yeezus

Written by NYPress on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Idylls of Self-Projection It’s fitting Kanye West kicked off the promotional campaign for his new album Yeezus with a series of 66 projections, many of which were reportedly unsanctioned by authorities, of the New Slaves video onto landmark buildings throughout the world. Yeezus is all about projection. Just ask Lou Reed, whose July 3 review [&hellip
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