I want one of these:)
My friend Chris alerted me to this documentary by Porfirio Munoz which takes us inside artist Julian Schnabel's studio as he prepares works for his first major show in a long time. It is called, Every Angel Has a Dark Side, which opens at the Dairy Art Centre in London on 25 April. “It's a continuum of ways that I have made marks, used materials and created images.”
I love Schnabel's work and have been fortunate to see a few up close in various exhibits. I also love his film work. One of my favourite films is Basquiat, directed by Schnabel, and I was besotted by his mocving interpretation of The Diving Bell and The Butterfly--in fact, I don't think Schabel has made a bad film. But it is his painting that moves me--I love the scale, the boldness, the daring.
Jason deCaires Taylor has created some remarkable underwater sculpture environments that invite new marine life, coral and creature, as well as humans who can dive down to explore. They look amazing and as they age get even better,
There are rock documentaries that follow formula and then there are others that use the band as a backdrop for something else. Tom Berninger is the younger brother of Matt, lead singer for The National. His brother invited him on tour, ostensibly to be a roadie--it didn't go well, but a documentary came out of it. Mistaken For strangers is a very real and honest look at a band, but more importantly a look at the dynamic between two brothers, one an ascendant rock star, the other, nine years younger and a bit lost. What do you do when success, direction in life even, eludes you and you live in the shadow of a sibling doing well? There is a lot to think about after watching this film.
Henry Hargreaves and Caitlin Levin use food as an artistic medium. They have created a series of food maps using native foods that somehow do more than demonstrate a particular nation's food choices and offer a little cultural insight as well.
The final Madmen series premiere date was released yesterday, and along with it a new poster that seems to set the tone for where the new season might be headed. the series has charted Don Draper's journey through the late 50s and now we are firmly in the culture-changing 1960s and along with the enigmatic 30-second clip of Draper descending a plane in bright sunshine, the new series suggests a deep embeddedness in all that was happening in that era--we'll see about all that. But it was the poster that caught my eye. it was designed by graphic guru Milton Glaser and re-visits his incredible work in the 60s and 70s.
If you look closely you can see a woman, champagne and the Chrysler building, its just lovely.
Glaser set a new tone in graphic design, along with other artists like Peter Max, Peter Blake etc., that brought a splash of colour along with a heavy does of cultural critique and observation in the 60s, so it is nice to see it revisited in such a way. It's not the only reference to Glaser that has made an appearance of late. Questlove's brilliant music biography, Mo Meta Blues, features a cover by graphic designer, Gail Anderson that evokes a piece Glaser did for CBS Records for Bob Dylan's greatest hits,
And there are more around if you have eyes to see.
Chinese artist Qi Wei Fong is taking digital photography to some new places with his 'time is a dimension' series, creating single images out of a series of images of the same location taken over a 24-hour period, creating these somewhat futuristic and graphic looking images. He has also animated some of these photo collages which are equally stunning.