Film Review: ‘Yves Saint Laurent’

PIERRE NINEY and CHARLOTTE LE BON star in YVES SAINT LAURENT

“Meticulous and boring,” is how one reviewer described Yves Saint Laurent’s first haute-couture collection shown under his own name, which nonetheless successfully launched his fashion house to world-wide renown. The same could be said of the new biopic about his life and career, directed by Jalil Lespert.

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Interview with Gallerist Jackie Klempay

Jackie Klempay

“If you have a piece of art, it can be like having a really good friend, for life.” Jackie Klemplay who runs her eponymous gallery out of her former apartment in Bushwick spoke with us about the history of her gallery and the place of art in our everyday lives.

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Highlights from Bushwick Open Studios 2014, Part 2

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We discovered a plentitude of talented artists working in painting, photography, and sculpture around the Jefferson L station.

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Highlights From Bushwick Open Studios 2014, Part 1

Sound sculpture by Akinori Matsumoto

Bushwick Open Studios, which took place this past weekend seems to be getting bigger every year. This year, the block parties, band line-ups, food trucks, street sellers and other entrepreneurs hoping to cash in on the event’s draw, threatened to take some of the focus off the art. On Saturday afternoon and into the evening, it was a bit of a mad-scene in the area around the Morgan L stop.

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Book Review: ‘The Least Silent of Men’ by Adel Souto

'Least Silent of Men' Adel Souto

In “The Least Silent of Men,” Souto uses his hindsight on a 30 day vow of silence to fashion an engrossing and enjoyable meditation on speech’s relationship to our consciousness.

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Interview with Documentary Filmmaker Andreas Johnsen on ‘Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case’

Andreas Johnsen

“He doesn’t want to overthrow the Communist party. He knows he can’t do that. He just wants them to follow the law for all the citizens.” Filmmaker Andreas Johnsen discusses how he managed to gain the trust of internationally famous artist and activist, Ai Weiwei, the Chinese government’s continued efforts to silence Weiwei, and the common themes that run through his work.

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Does Kara Walker’s ‘A Subtlety’ Sugarcoat a Bitter History?

Kara Walker 'A Subtlety' at Domino Sugar Factory

In a mammoth installation at the soon to be demolished Domino Sugar Factory, Kara Walker draws us into the bitter past of the sugar industry with a monumental work that replaces her artwork’s usual brutality with sheer impressiveness.

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‘Dada Bomb’: An Evening of Artistic Absurdity on the Lower East Side

Artist Clarina Bezzola greets guests entering the Whitebox Art Center: Dada Bomb (Photo by Vitor P Teixeira)

On Saturday, May 17th, the ‘Zurich Meets New York Festival’ presented an amusing evening of absurdist artwork and performances that played homage to the founders of the Dada movement.

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‘Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case’ Confronts the Real

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

A new documentary elucidates the absurdities of the Chinese government’s attempt to silence Ai Weiwei, while painting him as an extraordinarily complex figure.

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Review: She Keeps Bees at Baby’s All Right

She Keeps Bees

She Keeps Bees, Luke Temple, Friend Roulette, Stranger Cat, DM Stith, and Teletextile mesmerized the audience with a mix of folk ballads, indie electronica, and bluesy rock last Saturday night in Williamsburg.

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