Posts Tagged ‘City Arts’

Petty, Human and Perfect: Sherman, Rembrandt and Degas in Portrait

Written by City Arts on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Our Town

By Mario Naves What would art be without fiction—that is to say, without the allusive sweep of metaphor? Literature, music, painting, poetry, dance, film—you name it, every medium thrives when it embodies something beyond its material means. “Art that conceals art” is old news, of course, but that’s not to say it isn’t desirable or, [&hellip
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Cops and Blotters: Looking Behind the Scene of a Crime

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

In 1972, the photographer Leonard Freed set out to document the daily lives of New York City police officers. He wanted to humanize the police force, arguing that “if we do not concern ourselves with who the police are—who they really are…we run the real risk of finding that we no longer have public servants [&hellip
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Original Copies

Written by Kate Prengel on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town Downtown, Museums, Our Town

orig Fu Baoshi adapts to revolution The title of The Metropolitan Museum’s new Chinese painting exhibit, Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904-1965), is misleading. The painter in question did live through the establishment of the Chinese Republic, the Sino-Japanese wars and the rise of the Communist party, but Fu is far more [&hellip
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City Arts: Ghost Rider Redeems and Critiques

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

ghost.rider_.spirit.of_.vengeance If the filmmaking team Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor wrote out their thoughts on how contemporary pop has traduced fun, warped thrills and debased energy in the art form they love, it would be a great provocative piece of criticism—although few film publications would want such a principled view of the destructive entertainment that’s routinely [&hellip
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City Arts: Turning Journalism Into Art

Written by City Arts on . Posted in Arts & Film, Museums

djuna We may have been reading the wrong thing all along. Blame it on T.S. Eliot, who proclaimed Djuna Barnes’ stylistically avant-garde Nightwood equal to great Elizabethan tragedy—the novel was canonized by many in lesbian literature as a breakthrough: a lightly disguised version of Barnes’ breakup with her female lover. You can’t argue with those folks. [&hellip
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Broken Down Franchise: Twilight Disappoints…Again

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Film

twilight Update: In Breaking Dawn, Part 1, Bella marries Edward, gives birth to a demon baby and Jacob stops moping long enough to “implant” with the infant. These predictable plot details are not spoilers; the film itself is a spoiler. All the potential of the Twilight vampire series is squandered. Part 2 may already be in the can, but [&hellip
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Garbo the Spy: Remaking Movie History

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Film

garbo In a healthier film culture, Garbo the Spy would make history. Its great pleasure is that it remakes history: telling the real life story of a WWII counterspy Joan Pujol Garcia through the sophisticated use of fictional film footage. It was Garcia who misled the Nazis about a planned maneuver at Calais—misdirection that facilitated the American’s D-Day landing on [&hellip
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City Arts Exclusive: Embargo Blues

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Film

rooney-tattoo-300x300 CityArts Editor Armond White addresses the current controversy between critics and Hollywood about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The issue industry-forced “embargoes” on reviews is not “inside baseball” shop talk. It effects the way movies are sold and received in the entire culture. White rips away the naivete that has confused journalists, bloggers, gossip columnists [&hellip
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The P Word

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Film

pariah Pariah is such a decent film it is a shame that its title seems designed to keep people away. The “P” word title is too close to Precious, the abomination that set-back the recent cultural progress. In Pariah, debut writer-director Dee Rees tells a coming-of-age story rooted in the family and social customs of  black [&hellip
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Armond White: The Better-Than List

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Film

incendies110425_560 Armond White looks back at the best movies that surpass and defy the year’s worst We’ve reached the point where movies are less popular than other forms of pop culture yet remain compelling—as much for what they recall about the humanities as the inhumanity they routinely deliver. Thus 2011′s year-end mania for the specious cultural [&hellip
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