For the most part, the art world seems to be ending the summer on a high note. Former Getty director Michael Brand has a new job. Eli Broad has finally picked a site for his new museum, delighting journalists around the globe. And Larry Gagosian has decided to let the public take a peek at his private collection. Of course, there has also been some bad news, like the burglary of a $50 million van Gogh and mounting opposition to Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Colorado river project.
When we look back on this summer, it will no doubt be remembered for its disasters, natural and manmade. Edward Burtynsky has photographed the latter variety for a new series in his continuing exploration of oil, while a new Salvador Dali museum has been designed to block the effects of one of the former: hurricanes, namely. Nevertheless, culture marches on: witness Bob Dylan, age 69, preparing an art show in Denmark, and the scrappy band of artists and musicians filling New York venues this week, below.
DJ/rupture will spin at the Whitney on Friday / Courtesy Flickr
Cody Critcheloe and SSION, "Boy"
Opening Thursday, August 26, 6-9 p.m.
You know the story: After gallerist Jeffrey Deitch left town, two of his former directors, Kathy Grayson and Meghan Coleman, decided to open up a gallery, The Hole. For the venue's new (and very brief) show, Cody Critcheloe and his noisy band SSION are installing a "sweet hangout zone and video lounge," according to the gallery. Zany photographer Jaimie Warren will have work on display in back, and what is sure to be a raucous performance is planned for closing day.
DJ/rupture and Tanlines
Whitney Museum of American Art (945 Madison Avenue)
Friday, August 27, 7 p.m.
Marcel Breuer's boxes are filled with music these days, thanks to curator David Kiehl's smart retrospective of artist-composer Christian Marclay's work, but turntablist DJ/rupture (who has made star turns at MoMA P.S.1 and the Studio Museum in Harlem in recent months) should provide a welcome added groove to the building's soundtrack. Mellifluous Brooklyn pop duo Tanlines will also proffer dance-ready jams.
"Le Amiche," directed by Michelangelo Antonioni
Film Forum (209 West Houston Street)
Daily screenings through Tuesday, August 31
Antonioni won the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival for this ensemble drama, considered by some to be his first great film. Critic J. Hoberman wrote that the auteur "found his métier (modern art galleries, cocktail parties, fashion shows)" in the 1955 work, which features Italian heartthrob Gabriele Ferzetti playing the role of a painter and Valentina Cortese as a ceramic artist. This crisp new print was funded by Gucci, which also happens to be funding Dia's upcoming Blinky Palermo retrospective.
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