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Entries in galleries (12)

Tuesday
Apr 26 2016

Curio: Eyvinde Earle's Centennial

Today marks the 100th birthday of famed illustratorEyvinde Earle(1916-2000) who has a special connection to the cinema having logged time with Walt Disney Studios,most famously helping to shape the aesthetic of the studio's greatest looking traditional classic,Sleeping Beauty(1959).The artist passed away sixteen years ago but his work lives on.Take a look...

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Monday
Mar 28 2016

The Furniture: Batman's Nightmare at the Museum

New Series.Daniel Walbertalks production design in "The Furniture".Previously we looked atThe Exorcist,andCarolandBrooklyn.And now...

In the Oscar battle between Batman and Superman,there is no real contest.Superman's three nominations,zero wins and one special achievement award have nothing on Batman's fifteen nominations and three wins.And it doesn't look as if we have to worry about the tally getting complicated by any nominations forBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

However,the arrival of the newest Batman movie is anexcellentexcuse to discuss the oldest.Tim Burton's 1989Batmanremains the only superhero movie to ever win the Best Production Design Oscar,an honor it certainly deserves to keep...

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Saturday
Aug 08 2015

17 Thoughts I Had While Watching "Woman in Gold"

Have you seen Woman in Gold which has been out on DVD for a bit now?It's about an old Austrian Jew (Helen Mirren) who immigrated to America during the Holocaust and attempts to get her family's original Gustav Klimt paintings back which were stolen by the Nazis and now "belong"to a museum in Austria.

Here are a dozen plus thoughts I had while watching it...

What do you know about art restitution?

• Nothing?It's okay.I didn't either.Helen Mirren will teach us.She speaks most of her lines as if to a small child.In fact,a lot of the characters do.They're constantly explaining the movie's plot and conflicts to us.And after explaining things there's sometimesbits of dialogue like...

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Tuesday
Aug 04 2015

Curio: Bad Dads in New York

Alexahere.Each year for the past 5 years,San Francisco-based Spoke Art has held a Wes Anderson-themed art show titled Bad Dads.I would be remiss not to mention that this year marks the first time the show will be held in New York.The gallery described the move as a natural one:

Although Anderson's films take us everywhere from a fictional pre-war Europe to the far reaches of India and even out to sea,New York City is home to one of Anderson's first real successes,The Royal Tenenbaums.His palpable connection to New York is only made stronger by the fact that he resides there as well,and as the exhibition enters its sixth consecutive year,it only makes sense to host it in such an exciting and diverse city.

More info on getting tickets and a preview of some of the work that will be on displayafter the jump

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Tuesday
Jun 16 2015

Curio: The Lighter Side of Tom Hanks

Alexahere.This past Saturday,Gallery 1988 opened its newest group show of pop-culture inspired art,and it's a happy one: NO SAD STUFF includes paintings,prints,and sculptures influenced by Tom Hanks films from 1984-1994.This means pieces celebrating the likes ofThe Money Pit,Big,The Burbs,Turner & Hoochand,of course,SplashandForrest Gump(among others).

Seven pieces from the collectionafter the jump...

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Tuesday
Apr 07 2015

Masterpieces: 5 Works of Art That Deserve Their Own Movie

Abstewin the gallery to talk artworld films.

This past week saw the release of not one but two true life films set in the art world.Rather than traditional artist biopics,both films focus instead on the life of a particular painting's subject matter or the history of the painting itself.Woman in Gold(which opened in the top ten despite its limited theater count) stars Helen Mirren as Maria Altmann,a Holocaust survivor.She fought for over a decade in court with the Austrian government to become the rightful owner of Gustav Klimt'sPortrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I.The painting was of her aunt and it was stolen from her family by the Nazis during WWII.The long-delayedEffie Grayrevolves around the unhappy wife (Dakota Fanning) of art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) in Victorian England.Apparently their marriage was never consummated and Effie became involved with the Pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge) and was the subject of some of his paintings.

Biopics about artists (Frida,Pollock,Mr.Turner,Lust for Life,the originalMoulin Rouge,and many more over the decades) have found favor with the Academy.It will be interesting to see if these new films begin a trend for movies about the backstories of famous paintings,rather than the artist who painted them.

Since Hollywood is always in need of more interesting and diverse source material,here are 5 works of art that would make movies as pretty as a picture...

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