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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.

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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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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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International Mail Art Submission

My finished mail art submission (pseudo-lobby card, a tongue & cheek promotion of http://wp.me/pj2vp-31d), includes a custom USPS stamp.

International Mail Art Show:
In Honor and Memory of
Judith A. Hoffberg

Armory Center for the Arts
Caldwell Gallery
Pasadena, CA
June 27– August 22, 2010

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(The following was written some months after this post appeared)

Before the opening of the Twitter/Art+Social Media exhibition at the Diane Farris Gallery in Vancouver, BC, Canada, I was contacted by one of the directors to say that one of my pieces (Iran’s Ahmadinejad Prepares for Avatar Premier, 2010), had been sold and that the gallery owner, Ms Farris was upset, as her eyes had been on the artwork. I was asked if I would be interested in making an edition of the artwork. I agreed, then never heard anything back from the gallery. Feeling a little flimflammed and manipulated over the request, I set out to produce a little piece of 8½ inspired cinema in the form of a series of gif animations to post before the exhibit completed its run. The poster above promotes the filmic homage and borrows from the poster artwork of the Reed Cowan and Steven Greenstreet directed film, 8: The Mormon Proposition. In April, I also produced this little promotional item that borrows from Disney’s Toy Story 3. In the end, it so turned out, there was no original buyer for the artwork. Ms Farris also asked if I might consider payment in the form of a ‘payment plan’. Months went by with my not hearing from the gallery. It just so happened that I found myself visiting Vancouver via San Francisco. I visited the space and there before me on a counter in the very quiet gallery’s back room lay the most exquisite little paint brush next to an unfired ceramic cat food bowl. Noticing my gaze and not missing a beat, the gallery director informed me that the bowl (awaiting Ms Farris’ artistic touch) was for a local pet charity auction. After my enquiry I was told that Ms Farris was no longer interested in purchasing the artwork and would I consider leaving my Ahmadinejad artwork for the upcoming gallery anniversary exhibition. I said it would be fine, provided the gallery brokered the shipping back to San Francisco. I needn’t print the response, except to say that I was so embarrassed for the business that all I could do was collect my artworks and get out of there fast.

International Mail Art Show; Pasadena, CA

My submission above, a pseudo-film promo, pre-postage and address label. http://wp.me/pj2vp-31d

International Mail Art Show:
In Honor and Memory of
Judith A. Hoffberg
June 27 – August 22
Submissions Due: June 4th
Opening: June 26, 7-9 PM
In The Caldwell Gallery

Judith A. Hoffberg (1934-2009) was an avid and active promoter of mail art and artists’ books. All work received by the June 4th deadline via snail mail or e-mail will be included in the exhibition. Click the link below for rules and submission guidelines: • Learn More

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Roger Ebert Recommends…

Posted in altered subtitles, Cinéma, movies, Oscar, Oscars, subtitles, trawling the net, Twitpic, Twitter by petercombe on February 15, 2010

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