April 29, 2012 |
Against Wind and Tide Letters and Journals, 1947-1986 Anne Morrow Lindbergh, edited and with an introduction by Reeve Lindbergh Pantheon: 358 pp., $27.95 "A woman writer is 'rowing against wind and tide,'" Anne Morrow Lindbergh told her daughter Reeve in 1972, quoting Harriet Beecher Stowe. "We cannot - or only with the greatest difficulty - produce a great 'body of work.'… And it isn't just being a woman. It is some other deeper conflict between art and life. " Ultimately, Lindbergh made art from her life; this posthumous collection joins five earlier volumes of diaries and correspondence that explore her experiences with the subtlety and drama of a good novel.
August 20, 2011 |
There are artists who prefer to stay out of the public spotlight and devote themselves solely to their work. And then there is Ai Weiwei. An Internet activist with a history of getting into trouble with Chinese authorities, Ai has been outspoken in support of free speech and human rights. He spent 81 days in jail this spring before being released on bail but still faces charges related to tax evasion - charges supporters regard as an attempt by the government to silence him. The terms of Ai's release forbid him from discussing his legal case.
September 20, 2009 |
The tomb raiders dug down 30 feet into Mawangdui -- a mound in Hunan, China, long known as a burial site for ancient nobility -- but they missed the mark. At some point they did find, and loot, the nearby tombs of her husband, the Marquis of Dai, and their son, but hers was the larger one, and more luxurious. That is because Lady Dai, as she is now known, outlived both of them and had more time to prepare for her trip to the afterlife. In 1972, more than 2,000 years after her death in 163 BC, Lady Dai was finally discovered.
May 31, 2009 |
Although he is barely known in the United States, the filmmaker Philippe Garrel is the subject of a devoted cult in his native France, where he's considered a Rimbaud-like Romantic, a major figure of post-French New Wave auteur cinema. Garrel, now 61, made his first feature, "Marie for Memory" (1967), when he was a teenager, earning the attention of his idol, Jean-Luc Godard. His work can be divided between avant-garde and narrative phases, but almost every Garrel film is a home movie of a sort.
December 15, 2008 |
The first few times I took my kids to the Museum of Contemporary Art, the visits weren't completely successful. Both children loved the Grand Avenue building, with its pyramid top and the exciting descent down the stairs into the museum. But looking at the art was another matter. My daughter was an adolescent and had learned her museum manners. Her younger brother had not.
April 18, 2008 |
IF you were in Westwood at lunchtime Wednesday, you might have come across an unusual sight: about 50 people sitting on the sidewalk in office chairs. If you stopped to talk with one of them, you might also have learned that the motley lineup was a work of art. Specifically, it was a happening, an event scripted by the late artist Allan Kaprow, who's the subject of a retrospective exhibition on view across town at the Museum of Contemporary Art's Geffen Contemporary.