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Cindy Sherman Retrospective at SFMOMA

July 14 – October 07, 2012

Cindy Sherman is recognized as one of the most important contemporary artists of the last 40 years and arguably the most influential artist working exclusively with photography. This retrospective traces the groundbreaking artist’s career from the mid-1970s to the present. Bringing together more than 170 key photographs from a variety of Sherman’s acclaimed bodies of work, the presentation constitutes the first overview of her career since 1997 in the United States. Sherman has served as her own model for more than 30 years, generating a range of guises and personas that are by turns amusing and disturbing, distasteful and affecting. The exhibition showcases the artist’s greatest achievements to date, from her early experiments as a student in Buffalo in the 1970s to her recent large-scale photographic murals.

Cindy Sherman, renowned American photographer and film director, is 58 today.

Last Address

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Last Address is an elegiac film made up of exterior images of the last residential addresses of a group of New York City artists who died of AIDS.

For more information about the artists featured in the film — including biographies, interviews, performance videos, audio recordings and essays — visit Last Address.

A film by Ira Sachs
Produced by Lucas Joaquin
Shot by Michael Simmonds
Edited by Brian A. Kates
Sound by Damian Volpe
Additional assistance by Jonathan Boyd and Andrei Alupului

2011/2001

Peter Combe Parallels, Maurizio Cattelan: All, Guggenheim Museum, 2011/Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

I couldn’t help but see the parallels.

Thanks to @Guggenheim for sending this blogpost into the Twittersphere, and to SFMOMA for featuring it on their blog.

Update Nov 28: Sadly the @Guggenheim Ow.ly link has now now fails since I changed my Blog URL a few days ago not realizing previous incoming links would fail. I did however get a hefty 1,000 very appreciated hits before the change.

 

 

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Fantastic Man’s Fantastic Spin

Posted in Art, artists, design, fashion, film, London, Media, music, Photography, Symmetry, Uncategorized, video, video art by petercombe on November 12, 2011

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Produced by the duo Lernert & Sander for Fantastic Man, these hi-definition films give both incredible grace and pure practicality to the art of moving fashion images. Each video grants a spectacular 360° view on a spectacular athlete wearing a spectacular look. Fashion editorials that transcends the still image and makes beautiful and intelligent use of the internet as platform. Figure skater Thomas Naylor performs the camel spin – a number that is executed by extending one leg backwards with the knee held above the level of the hip. The music for these films truly stands out and was custom-made by composer Danny Calvi from London, UK.  The haunting musical scores keep me retuning to these beautifully shot shorts, music one might hear watching a Lars von Trier film.

Below, Lawrence Evans, a runner-up for the 2014 Winter Olympics, performs an upright catch-foot spin.  

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Styling: Jodie Barnes. Camera: Bjorn Bratberg. Grooming: Kenichi at Caren. Styling assistance: Joe Porritt. Grooming assistance: Ellie Gill. Editing: Arno Ouwejan. Production: Serena Noorani. Executive production: Stephen Whelan. Postproduction: The Mill.Five films were produced in all. THE FANTASTIC MAN SERIES BY LERNERT & SANDER won the Best Art Direction Prize at «A Shaded View on Fashion Film» (ASVOFF) held in October at Centre Pompidou in Paris. ASVOFF includes a film selection & competition, documentaries, features and installations. 

2011 Turner Prize Finalist, Hilary Lloyd

Posted in Art, art criticism, artists, contests, film, Tate, video, video art by petercombe on November 10, 2011

Birth of Holzer

Posted in Art, artists, Birth of..., Cinéma, film, Photography, projections, text, Wordsworth by petercombe on June 28, 2011

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I Wake Up Screaming (1941)

Martijn Hendriks, 12 Glowing Men

Posted in Art, Cinéma, film, Uncategorized, video by petercombe on January 26, 2011
Untitled (12 Glowing Men), 2008. Still from a single channel video DVD, projection and website. Color and black and white, sound. 4 min 10 sec loop.

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Dutch artist Martijn Hendriks has a Web site dedicated to a 4 min excerpt of “12 Angry Men” in which rainbows inexplicably appear on the actor’s skin.

In his video installation “Untitled (12 Glowing Men)” Dutch artist, Martijn Hendriks takes the climactic jury-room scene from 1957′s “12 Angry Men” and haloes the deliberators with a prismatic, heaven-like glow. To me, it’s like a physical manifestation of their emotion and almost as if nature itself is intervening. The light itself spreads and morphs onto the men as each turns his back on the one man you wants to condemn the accused. There’s an intrinsic sanctimony involved in the trial-by-jury system, as if perhaps these men exalt themselves through the act of determining the fate of another. Notice how by the end of the scene, the only man devoid of the ethereal light is the one who’s been shunned by all the others.

Aside from that, it’s stunningly beautiful. Watch. (Jeremy ElderShape+Colour, Sept. 08)

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James Franco, Actors Being Actors

Posted in film, Thespians by petercombe on December 19, 2010

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C’était un rendez-vous

Posted in Cinéma, film, movies, paris by petercombe on September 7, 2010

Shot in a single take, C’était un Rendezvous (“It was a date”) is a short film (under 10 minutes) made in 1976 by Claude Lelouch, showing a high speed drive through Paris in the early hours of the morning (05:30hrs), accompanied by sounds of a high-reving engine, gear changes and squealing tires.. An example of cinéma-vérité, the length of the film was limited by the short capacity of the 1000 foot 35mm film reel, and filmed from a (supposedly) gyro-stabilised camera mounted on the car’s bumper.

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