July 19, 2012 |
It's a small painting as paintings go, quite demure by the salacious standards of its artist, but, oh, the fuss it caused. As detailed in Andrew Shea's fascinating documentary "Portrait of Wally,"Egon Schiele's haunting 1912 painting of his mistress and favorite model Wally Neuzil had a complicated, extremely dramatic history as well as a legal and cultural significance that can't be overestimated. The battle to return this heartfelt painting - half of a de facto artist and model double portrait - to the family of the woman who originally owned it jump-started the current international art restitution movement that reunites misappropriated objects with their original owners.
June 12, 1989 |
Ah, the male nude. From the classic proportions of Greek sculpture, to the gathering power of Michelangelo's "David," to the amputees and dwarfs by contemporary photographer George Dureau, the male figure has been portrayed variously by artists throughout history. At the Photowest Gallery downtown, the more decorative aspects of form prevail in an exhibit of 42 images by San Diego photographers David Eliot and Jeff Palmer. Called "Interpretations of the Male Nude," the exhibit of black and white photographs might also be titled "Formal and Sensuous" or "Warm and Cool."
April 19, 2013 |
Influential English album cover designer Storm Thorgerson, whose album covers over a 45-year career included work for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and dozens more, has died after a battle with cancer, his family has announced. The designer's work individually and with the design group Hipgnosis (which he co-founded) helped define the visuals of rock starting in the late 1960s, when album covers were the primary canvas of music and a catchy 12-by-12-inch image could reach an audience of millions.
February 21, 2013 |
Mesmerizing and haunting, "The Jeffrey Dahmer Files" is an inside-out serial killer movie, lacking in gore or cheap psychology and made in part for those who think they never want to see another serial killer movie. A hybrid of documentary and fiction, the film is directed by Milwaukee-based Chris James Thompson in his feature debut. Rather than indulging in exploitation kicks, the film engages more with Dahmer's impact on the community. The fictional footage features Andrew Swant as the notorious Dahmer, who murdered and dismembered 17 people; he seems to be a bland, weird-but-harmless blank slate.
January 20, 2002
I want to commend you for the article about the portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer ("Whose Art Is It Anyway?" by Anne-Marie O'Connor, Dec. 16). I was fascinated to read about the political climate during World War II, when the Nazis stole precious jewelry and paintings from the homes of Jewish families. I have been to Maria Bloch-Bauer Altmann's home many times because I buy my dresses and suits from her. I have always admired the copy of the famous painting of her aunt and heard about Altmann's attempts to get it back.
November 23, 2012 |
For all his fame and cinematic brilliance, Alfred Hitchcock remained an enigmatic figure - prolific on the screen, private off it. The new biopic "Hitchcock," starring Anthony Hopkins as the eponymous director and Helen Mirren as wife Alma Reville, attempts to shed some light on the master of suspense by dramatizing the making of his fabled 1960 chiller "Psycho. " According to many film critics, however, "Hitchcock" offers more speculation than illumination and fails to bring its subject to life.