a tale of a few cities

Whitney of the Future

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Situated in NYC’s Meatpacking District at the southern end of the High Line, the new Renzo Piano-designed Whitney Museum Of American Art will replace the current Marcel Breuer building on Madison Avenue. The Whitney’s new outpost, climbing up nine stories and topping out at 270 feet overlooking the Hudson River, will open in 2015. Inside will be “essential new space for its collection, exhibitions, and education and performing arts programs” spread across 200,000 square feet, with the largest column-free gallery in NYC.

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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

UC Davis Chancellor’s Chilling Walk of Shame Through a Line of Silent Demonstrators…

Posted in Media, Occupy Wall Street, Photography, protests, Reportage, Scandal, video by petercombe on November 20, 2011

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

Christo, Over the River

Christo, moments after I asked whether anybody had ever called him the first wrap artist. Tate Britain, 14.09.2011

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Christo, Over the River (Project for Arkansas River, State of Colorado), Drawing 2010 in two parts, 15 x 96″ and 42 x 96″ (38 x 244 cm and 106.6 x 244 cm), Pencil, pastel, charcoal, wax crayon, enamel paint, wash, fabric sample, hand-drawn topographic map and technical data (Photo: André Grossmann) © 2010 Christo

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Federal regulators on Monday approved a $50 million installation of anchored fabric over the Arkansas River in southern Colorado by the artist Christo, whose larger-than-life vision has divided environmentalists, residents and politicians for years over questions of aesthetics, nature and economic impact.

The project, “Over the River,” will include eight suspended panel segments totaling 5.9 miles along a 42-mile stretch of the river, about three hours southwest of Denver. Construction could begin next year, pending final local approvals, with the goal being a two-week display of the work as early as August 2014.

Christo’s projects — from the wrapping of the Reichstag Parliament building in Berlin in 1995 to “The Gates,” a meandering path of orange awnings through Central Park in New York in 2005 — have often generated heated debate in advance of their creation.

“We are elated,” Christo said. “Every artist in the world likes his or her work to make people think. Imagine how many people were thinking, how many professionals were thinking and writing in preparing that environmental impact statement.” [NYTimes]

This past September, Christo gave a rare talk in London about two works in progress, Over the River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado and The Mastaba, Project for the United Arab Emirates. He talked about the concepts behind these two artworks, and the significant process of production and realisation when working on large-scale environmental artworks. I was lucky enough to be sitting in the 2nd row center, it just so happened that he sat directly in front of me narrating while slides of his projects were projected on stage. He spoke much about the Over the River project but I was most intrigued by The Mastaba project (a monumental artwork, set in the Abu Dhabi desert, to be made of approximately 410,000 horizontally stacked oil barrels). I had always thought The Mastaba had been abandoned so was delighted to hear that it is an artwork still in preparatory stages.

During question time I asked how one might volunteer to work on one of his projects (48:55). He immediately pointed out that everybody working on his projects is paid since you could not fire volunteers. Jeanne-Claude (his now deceased wife), made sure that laboring help was paid 25% above minimum wage. I was amazed at Christo’s energy and level of enthusiasm, being that he is 76 years old.

Artist’s Talk: Christo, Tate Britain, Wednesday 14 September 2011
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2011 Turner Prize Finalist, Martin Boyce

Posted in Art, art criticism, artist statement, artists, contests, Installation, Sculpture, Tate, video by petercombe on November 3, 2011

Turner Prize 2011, Karla Black

Posted in Art, art criticism, artist statement, contests, Installation, Sculpture, Tate, video by petercombe on October 30, 2011

Turner Prize 2011, George Shaw

Posted in Art, art criticism, artist statement, artists, contests, Painting, Tate, video by petercombe on October 20, 2011

The Art of the Freudian Slip

Posted in Art, artist statement, artists, video, video art, Wordsworth by petercombe on June 29, 2011
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