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Art Fairs Film & Television

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Swiss-American photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank is now 94, which means he has been in the midst what he calls a natural disaster old age for at least fifteen years. Yet when he was 80, as Gerald Fox trailed him for Foxs 2005 documentary Leaving […]

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Art and Film: Joanna Hogg�s sublime deliberation

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / In the autobiographical film The Souvenir, writer-director Joanna Hogg�s fourth and latest feature and a gemlike crystallization of her seamless method, she uses Jean-Honor� Franogard�s eighteenth-century canvas of the same title to set the terms of the budding relationship between Julie, the film�s ingenuous protagonist, […]

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Art and Film: Claire Denis� cosmic noir

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Claire Denis� stupefyingly smart film High Life, the first she has directed in English, starts ahead of its main events, without any set-piece exposition, in and around a barren spacecraft inhabited by a father, his baby daughter, and zippered corpses that used to compose the […]

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Art and Film: The lives of artists

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck�s film Never Look Away concerns a German painter named Kurt Barnert (the charismatic Tom Schilling), but it is an unabashed interpretation of Gerhard Richter�s life. Its style is seductively elegant and its script at once discursive and oblique � qualities that […]

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Yes, Julian Schnabel painted the Van Goghs

Contributed by Sharon Butler / While watching At Eternity�s Gate, Julian Schnabel�s new film about Vincent Van Gogh, I wondered if Schnabel had made the paintings and drawings himself, and it turns out he did. “When Willem [Dafoe as Van Gogh] is drawing, sometimes my arm is in one sleeve of his shirt�luckily […]

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Art and Film: Van Gogh’s sanity

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson /  �One man�s insanity is another man�s genius,� Joyce Carol Oates has written. In the popular imagination, though, Vincent Van Gogh was a psychologically tortured idiot-savant. Inner demons, not conscious deliberation, drove him to make his transcendent paintings, which invested natural phenomena with haunting emotional qualities […]

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Art and Film: Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Trump�s reactionary public policy, which has institutionalized contempt for the advances in social justice forged in the United States over the past 150 years, has produced pervasive discontent. Anger about his racism, misogyny, and homophobia is manifesting itself through art in different ways. In tone, resistance ranges from […]

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Art and Film: Meta�s meta in Madeline�s Madeline

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Writer-director Josephine Decker�s remarkably ambitious avant-garde film Madeline�s Madeline drills towards the molten core of the creative process and its hazards by way of the impressive young actress Helena Howard�s portrayal of the even more impressive eponymous young actress. Given that description, it goes almost […]

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Art and Film: John Callahan�s Higher Power

Contributed by Jonathan Stevenson / Growing up in Portland, Oregon, John Callahan, who would become a cartoonist noted for his dark, warped humor, had been a promising art student. But his abandonment by his birth mother and the coldness of his adoptive family haunted him. He started drinking at 13, […]