Don’t Blink

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On “Blinkey” Palermo’s vehicles for color By Jim Long Palermo, born Peter Schwarze, studied with Joseph Beuys and acquired the name “Blinkey” Palmero. David Zwirner gallery is currently exhibiting “Palermo: Works on Paper 1976-1977,” acrylic and graphite works on paper mounted on cardboard: late work from an artist whose active period spanned scarcely 15 years. [&hellip
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Sharecropping Sirens

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A radiant documentary honors the background singer In Greil Marcus’ original review of the Rolling Stones’ 1969 “Gimme Shelter,” he wrote about “women who can shout like Mary [sic] Clayton–gutty, strong, and tougher than any of the delightful leering figures that are jumping out of the old Stones’ orgy. She can stand up to Mick [&hellip
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Serious Fun

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Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is The Godfather of superhero movies Man of Steel is the first superhero movie to be directed by a real filmmaker since Tim Burton took on Batman in 1989. Unlike Burton, director Zack Snyder’s sensibility derives from comic books and graphic novels yet his visual extravagance also contains the palpably [&hellip
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Meet Conrad Tao

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A young musician to remember Conrad Tao is a pianist and composer, 18 years old. His bio tells us that he is “Chinese-American.” It also tells us he was born in Illinois, and I can tell you that he seems as American as apple pie. But we live in an age of relentless hyphenation. He [&hellip
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Extracting the Real

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Evelyn Twitchell’s absorbing abstractions at Bowery Gallery By John Goodrich Painting can be a sign, a concept, or documentation. In the postmodern age, it can be a comment about painting itself. Of course, it can even be a likeness – and this may be the most challenging of all because of the sheer complexity of [&hellip
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Willy the Shake

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

Joss Whedon introduces fanboys to the Bard During a public trailer for Much Ado About Nothing, some guy in the theater let out an exasperated yawn: “Oh, Boy!” Having already seen the film, I appreciated his foresight. Joss Whedon’s modern-day, black & white version of Shakespeare’s comedy means to be delightful but falls way short. [&hellip
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Ill-Gotten Booty

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The Bling Ring translates as Sofia Coppola’s girls’ club Sofia Coppola has finally made an interesting movie. The Bling Ring circles around Sofia’s typical poor-little-rich-girl subject by dramatizing that infamous group of Southern California high-school housebreakers fixated on such tabloid celebrities as Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan who they idolize, envy and then burglarize. It’s [&hellip
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Building Boldness

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Wrenn Schmidt and John Turturro in The Master Builder. Actors find new inspiration for Ibsen By Valerie Gladstone Wrenn Schmidt loves playing the role of the highly sexual and manipulative Hilde in Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder. The current production, directed by Andrei Belgrader at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and starring John Turturro as the eminent and egomaniacal architect Halvard Solness, leaves Schmidt [&hellip
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Music of the Heavens

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Musica Mundana Musica Mundana’s transcendent New York performance By Judy Gelman Myers Mundana is the worst kind of false cognate:  it pretends to mean its opposite.  Musica mundana is not, as one would expect, mundane music at all but the music of the spheres, the sounds the planets make as they revolve in limitless space, a heavenly [&hellip
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Beauty vs. Beastliness

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Michael Douglas as Liberace in Behind the Candelabra. Soderbergh’s Liberace pic confuses sympathy with politics From the actors’ perspective, Behind the Candelabra looks like a compassionate portrayal of the pianist and singer Liberace‘s relationship with Scott Thorson. The older established celebrity’s involvement with a younger man, masked for the public from 1977 to Liberace’s death in 1987, gets exposed here as an example [&hellip
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