'Comeback' is a good word, man.
Exhibition: Ian Strange - Suburban at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. 27 Jul 2013 - 15 Sep 2013
Ian Strange: Suburban is a multifaceted photography, film and installation exhibition created by New York-based Australian artist Ian Strange. Since 2011 Strange has worked with a film crew and volunteers in Ohio, Detroit, Alabama, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire to create, photograph and film seven site specific interventions incorporating suburban homes. The recording of these interventions through film and photographic documentation forms the basis of this new and groundbreaking exhibition.
Cindy Sherman - From the series 'Untitled Film Stills’, 1977-80. Photograph, silver gelatin print on paper
Untitled Film Stills is a series of sixty-nine black-and-white photographs made between 1977 and 1980. In them Sherman appears as fictitious characters in scenarios resembling moments in a film. She used vintage clothing, wigs and makeup to create a range of female personae which she then photographed in apparently solitary, unguarded moments of reflection, undress, or in conversation with somebody off-set and outside of the frame. The ‘stills’ are set in a variety of interior locations as well as outside in urban and rural landscapes. They were begun shortly after Sherman moved to New York city with the artist Robert Longo (born 1953).
"In college I began to collect a lot of discarded accoutrements from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, more for my own personal wardrobe as well as for the sheer fascination with what those garments stood for. It was easy and cheap to collect all kinds of things in those days. I’ve always played with make-up to transform myself, but everything, including the lighting, was self taught. I just learned things as I needed to use them. I absorbed my ideas for the women in these photos from every cultural source that I’ve ever had access to, including film, TV, advertisements, magazines, as well as any adult role models from my youth. The resulting photo shoots were very brief. In those naïve days, I would sometimes take only about six shots for one scene and move on to the next, so that with one roll of film I could have six different set-ups.”
(Quoted in Contemporary Art: The Janet Wolfson de Botton Gift, p.99.)
The Museum of Fine Arts Boston is holding a retrospective for the films of Wong Kar-Wai, one of the world most important auteur living today. Wong Kar-wai has developed a signature style of bold cinematography, music, and editing that demands the immersive experience of the big screen. If you are in Boston, this is a must see retrospective! More info here
Andy Warhol - Sleep (screen test), 1963.