April 30, 2003 |
As the World Health Organization lifted its warning against traveling to SARS-struck Toronto on Tuesday, cultural officials in the Canadian city hoped that an epidemic of postponed performances by U.S. artists would reverse itself, and that a dip in attendance at museums, plays and concerts during the outbreak would end.
November 5, 1999 |
Waking up in bed, fully clothed, after a night of drinking and dancing and who knows what else, Rick, a disheveled young lawyer in the new movie "Body Shots," raises a puzzled brow when the young lawyer next to him opens her eyes and asks, in a hung-over, whispery voice: "What the hell happened?" It's a straightforward question. But anyone who expects a straightforward answer hasn't been paying attention at the movies of late, because straightforward has gone out of style.
October 11, 1998 |
"China is different from the U.S. in that way," says Chinese artist Xu Bing, who moved to this country in 1990. "Here, contemporary art is mainstream--in China it's not, it's still underground." And thus, the added frisson to a show such as "Inside Out: New Chinese Art," which opened last month at the Asia Society and P. S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in New York. It offers the heady lure of forbidden fruit, as well as the promise of insight into the psyche of that awakening giant: modern China.
October 1, 2006 |
"When I was a student, it was Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg who were clearly the most important artists," said Thomas Lawson, a painter and dean of the School of Art at CalArts. "Them and Andy Warhol. Everybody agreed that they were the ones. Now, because there are such diverse possibilities, it's much harder to say." Of contemporary art today, two things, and maybe only two things, can be said for sure.