The Boston Globe asked New England museum directors to pick favorite artworks in their museums’ collections. Lots of interesting choices. Carol Vogel is the most infamous example of an art journalist whose breathless promotion of the art market induces wincing. Jori Finkel veers into that territory pretty often too, including in this NYT piece about Robert [...]
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Eleanor Antin. The Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University is showing “Multiple Occupancy: Eleanor Antin’s ‘Selves,’” a survey of work Antin made from 1971-92 that address the personae she adapted in her work. The exhibition was curated by Emily Liebert and will be on view through December 7. [...]
What better way to welcome Halloween than with that scariest of all operas, Salome, in a performance culled from one of Mike Richter's magnificent CD-ROMs?
Craig and John head to the Austin Film Festival for another live edition of Scriptnotes. Everything is bigger in Texas, including the crowd for this packed show featuring Looper writer/director Rian Johnson and Saving Mr. Banks screenwriter Kelly Marcel.
Sally Mann's photographs inspire new work, Maya Lin sculpts a landscape, Allora & Calzadilla explore rifts and borders, and more.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Marie Antoinette moment: New York’s 1% mayor secretly conspires with the director, 1%ers on the board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to give the museum the option to screw the 99% who want to go to the Met. Director Tom Campbell and president Daniel Brodsky should be ashamed of [...]
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Amy Sillman. The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston is showing “Amy Sillman: one lump or two,” a mid-career survey of the painter’s work. After closing on January 5, 2014, the exhibition will travel to the Aspen (Colo.) Art Museum and to the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. [...]
Serious opera fan and internet pioneer Mike Richter died earlier this week.
This week, John and Craig go big to look all things blockbuster. First, Anita Elberse's new book Blockbuster argues that giant movies are a comparatively safe bet for Hollywood. Meanwhile, Gravity is the movie on everyone's lips, but will we learn the right lessons, or just try to put more movie stars in space?
Roberta Smith looks at the Philadelphia Museum’s Leger & Co. show, and thinks it’s substantially about trying to elevate Leger’s The City (1919, at right) to the level of Picasso’s Les Desmoiselles d’Avignon. Fascinating idea, but the mountaintop of which Smith writes is not occupied by only the Picasso. In the LAT, Sharon Mizota reviews the James [...]
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features John Divola. Three Southern California museums are featuring a Divola retrospective this fall: The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (through July 6, 2014), the Pomona College Museum of Art (through December 22) and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (through January 12, 2014). The exhibition catalogue was [...]
La Cieca is sort of out of words trying to describe what makes a great performance of the role of Norma, as opposed to the conscientious traversal of the notes.
Explicit language warning! Even the titles of this week's Three Page Challenge entries are filthy, so John and Craig let the f-bombs fly.
It's just a teensy bit late for Verdi's birthday, but La Cieca thinks you'll enjoy the latest vocal ID challenge, cher public.
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features artist Gabriel Kuri. He is included in the exhibition “Mexico Inside Out: Themes in Art Since 1990? at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The show was curated by Andrea Karnes and is on view through January 5, 2014. This week’s show was recorded live at MAMFW [...]
Craig and John go back to basics with an all advice episode, looking at the Dear J.J. recommendations for Star Wars, Tony Gilroy's advice to screenwriters and whatever's up with Max Landis.
An Amy Sillman career survey opens this week at the ICA Boston, so Ted Loos profiles Sillman for the NYT. Sebastian Smee is a big fan of this Eija-Liisa Ahtila exhibition at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Makes me wish I was at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College. (Between Sillman, Ahtila, the de Cordova biennial, [...]
John and Craig discuss what it feels like to finish a project -- the combination of excitement and relief, joy and sadness -- as Craig advises John which project he should write next now that Big Fish is set to open.
This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Museum of Modern Art curator Anne Umland. Her new exhibition, “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938,” is on view at MoMA through January 12, 2014. The exhibition catalogue, published by MoMA, is especially strong. Umland is one of the world’s top curators of modern art. Her exhibitions include [...]
In this bonus episode, Craig and John and special guest Andrew Lippa answer audience questions after the New York live show, addressing topics ranging from sustaining your passion for a project to dealing with difficult gatekeepers. We had a great crowd with great questions, and Craig especially rose to the challenge.