May 21, 2012 |
While promoting the movie"Battleship"in Tokyo last month,U.S. ArmyCol. Greg Gadson found himself face-to-face with a stunned reporter. "He thought I was computer-generated," said Gadson, a burly former West Point football player who walks with the aid of futuristic-looking titanium prosthetics. "He thought my legs were movie magic. " There was no CGI needed for Gadson's performance as a wounded combat veteran in "Battleship" - both of his legs were amputated above the knee after he was injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007.
June 8, 2012 |
CHICAGO - Roy Lichtenstein's 1963 painting "Whaam!" shows an American fighter pilot shooting down an enemy aircraft in a dramatic explosion of comic-book color. Among his most familiar works, it turns up in the third room of a wonderfully revealing retrospective at the Art Institute of Chicago. But the painting looks very different than it has before - deeper, richer, more bracingly complex. That's one sign of a worthwhile show. "Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective" is huge - more than 100 paintings, plus sculptures and drawings, spanning half a century.
June 3, 2012 |
In 1969 and 1970, sculptor Michael Heizer displaced 240,000 tons of rock in the Nevada desert, cutting two enormous trenches, each one 50 feet deep and 30 feet wide and together spanning 1,500 feet, at the eastern edge of Mormon Mesa. In 1970, artist Robert Smithson marshaled heavy equipment to deposit rocks and rubble along a 1,500-foot-long path, starting at the shoreline of a remote section of Great Salt Lake, Utah, and spiraling out into the water. In 1977, Walter De Maria harnessed the potential energy of a distant patch of high desert in Western New Mexico by installing 400 stainless steel poles - effectively lightning rods, each one about 20 feet tall - in a grid pattern that measures one mile by one kilometer.
September 12, 2010 |
Sept. 29 to Oct. 9: Pina Bausch's 'Vollmond' "Vollmond" ("Full Moon"). A water-soaked dance piece from the late, great Pina Bausch, will run as part of the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The choreographer's company, Tanztheater Wuppertal, will perform the work in which dancers spin, writhe and cavort while subjected to various kinds of onstage water effects. BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 7:30 p.m. $25-$85. http://www.
April 23, 1992 |
Open the Doors: The Washington Post, the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer have filed suit in U.S. District Court in Washington in an effort to force the National Endowment for the Arts to allow public access to subcommittee meetings where arts grant applications are discussed.
October 27, 1987 |
Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo has been named Honorary French Member of the Arts by the French ambassador to Mexico, Jacques Alain de Sedouy. The honor is awarded to "exceptional people who have been distinguished in the creation and propagation of culture both in and outside of France," Sedouy said, calling Tamayo "one of the greatest creators of contemporary artistic language." Italy, Spain, Argentina and the United States have also bestowed artistic honors on the octogenarian artist.