The GPS Dance

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

Urban romance takes a spin in The Happy Sad When Pet Shop Boys released Very (their finest album?) 20 years ago, its AIDS-era sensibility was a landmark in pop sexual identity. Probably too subtle for mainstream recognition, its sophistication can yet be universally appreciated. The territory explored on Very’s opening track (“Can You Forgive Her?”) [&hellip
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Ken Price in Reverse

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

The art of communication at the Met The crowd around me breathed a sigh of relief as we walked into the last room of the Metropolitan Museum’s Ken Price retrospective. “Oh, I like these!” said one woman, hurrying closer to a case of little ceramic cups. The whole room was full of small, shiny objects [&hellip
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Making Art Socialable

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

ArtistEngage connects artists to the world Here’s an evergreen question: how does an emerging artist get his or her work out there? These days, the answer seems to lie in navigating an ever-proliferating, often-overwhelming array of apps and social media possibilities. Somewhere between figuring it out on your own and overly formal “how to” conference [&hellip
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Run, Forest, Run

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

Civil Rights history gets trivialized in Lee Daniels’ The Butler “The room should feel empty when you’re in it,” says Clarence Williams III, instructing his waiter-trainee on the etiquette of black servitude in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. It’s a funny line for this film since director Lee (Precious) Daniels always makes a big noise when [&hellip
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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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