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Entries by Kathleen Massara

An Interview With Lukas Moodysson, Director Of We Are The Best!

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 5:49 PM

Lukas Moodysson is known for his moving cinematic debut, Fucking Amal (1998), which was retitled Show Me Love in English, and Together (2000). The writer and director's latest film, We Are The Best!, is inspired by his wife Coco's autobiographical graphic novel, Never Goodnight, and involves...

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Narco Cultura: Inside the World of Mexican Drug Culture

(58) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 1:00 PM

"We're bloodthirsty, crazy, and we like to kill!" the crowd sings back to the band Buknas de Culiacan in a crowded nightclub.


In Narco Cultura, a new documentary by director Shaul Schwarz, we are introduced to Edgar Quintero, a Los-Angeles...

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Angel Otero Talks Picasso, Catholicism And Squished Materials

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 1:47 PM

Angel Otero is a Brooklyn-based artist who is known for his sculptural paintings that continue a dialogue with art historical themes while grappling with his own history and sense of self. On the eve of his show at Lehmann Maupin gallery in New York's Chelsea neighborhood, I spoke...

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Paul And Damon McCarthy: 'Rebel Dabble Babble' Leaves Me Cold

(4) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 8:19 AM

Last night I went to see Paul and Damon McCarthy's opening, "Rebel Dabble Babble" at Hauser & Wirth in Chelsea.

Their spring program has been devoted to the father-son art duo, giving the McCarthys full run of their giant exhibition space (as well as an...

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Paul McCarthy 'WS' At The Armory Is A Disturbing Take On 'Snow White' (PHOTOS)

(59) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 8:47 AM

“I picked a fight with Grumpy yesterday, and it got a little out of hand," Paul McCarthy told Randy Kennedy at the New York Times during a preview of his latest show, titled "WS."

It's the largest exhibition by the 67-year-old artist and one that...

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Mike Kelley, 'Eternity is a Long Time,' In Milan (PHOTOS)

(30) Comments | Posted June 8, 2013 | 10:21 AM

“I think we’re done with linear thinking… We need poetry, really. This show is done with this approach,” Mike Kelley’s friend and former partner, Emi Fontana, tells me on a tour of the artist’s posthumous exhibit, “Eternity is a Long Time,” at the Pirelli Foundation’s gigantic renovated 42,000...

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Venice Biennale 2013 Photo Diary: Wrap-Up (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 9:29 AM

The Venice Biennale officially opened to the public on June 1, which means the VIP crowd was long gone by the time the common people were able to take a look at the much written about works from artists all over the globe.

“Far from inaugurating, Venice crowns...

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Venice Biennale 2013 Photo Diary: Day 2 And 3 (PHOTOS)

(3) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 12:17 PM

A lot has happened in the past 48 hours in Venice. On Wednesday, the Berlin-based artist known as Peaches performed to a packed crowd on Lido, the Russians made it rain gold coins on women holding umbrellas, Jesper Just took on immigration at the Danish Pavilion, and the Brits –-...

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Jesper Just "Intercourses" Premieres In Venice (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2013 | 8:31 AM

“I’m sitting in a dark, cold pavilion right now.”

The artist Jesper Just is talking to me on his cell phone, describing the creation of, according to the release, a “multi-channel filmic odyssey and architectural intervention for the Danish Pavilion.”

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Five 10-minute films...

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Venice Biennale 2013: Artists Get Heated On Day 2 In Italy

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 3:10 PM

"We can not appreciate art if it remains locked in a fortress," Massimiliano Gioni said in his Biennale Arte interview. Thierry Geoffroy, a Danish-French artist representing the Maldives Pavilion exemplifies this notion. Today the conceptual artist and troublemaker decided to shake things up at the Biennale by staging...

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Venice Biennale 2013 Photo Diary: The International Art Extravaganza Begins

(3) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 12:16 PM

It's the press preview of the Biennale and it's unexpectedly hot in Venice. Earlier this morning I was reading "Jeff in Venice" by Geoff Dyer, who details the shock of the intense "eat," as the locals say. The sun's rays ripple off the white pebbled path and VIPs dab their...

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Really?! You Call This Art? Frieze New York 2013 Edition (PHOTOS)

(13) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 5:41 PM

In the wake of the Frieze Art Fair in New York, we tried to make sense of the overwhelming amount of mirrored objects, food sculptures and shelving units masquerading as art. We don't know about you, dear readers, but we find the emperor's new clothes effect to be...

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Billy Childish Interview On Stuckism, Humor And Moustaches (IMAGES)

(4) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 1:18 PM

Billy Childish is the iconic mustachioed English singer/songwriter and artist who has been plugging away at his work for decades. The iconoclast is not one for joining groups, though he did start the art movement known as "Stuckism" in the late '90s. In 2006, the lovable...

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Patti Smith Performs At MoMa PS1's VW Dome 2 At Rockaway Beach (PHOTOS)

(22) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 5:39 PM

Rockaway Beach, a Queens neighborhood hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in October, is still rough around the edges. Five months later, houses near the water look abandoned, and the boardwalk is still in shambles. But weary residents received some great news on Friday, when they...

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Michel Gondry New Movie: Director Talks Bullying, High School, And 'The We And The I' (EXCLUSIVE)(VIDEO)

(3) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 9:31 AM

Michel Gondry enters my office and I ask if he would like something to drink: coffee, tea or water? He says, "hot chocolate." Wanting to please him but also not knowing if my office kitchen has the requested winter beverage, I momentarily panic, then see the appropriate button on the...

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Moving Image: Our Week In Photos (February 23-March 1)

(8) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 1:08 PM

Welcome to "Moving Image," our slideshow of the best photos of the week from around the world.

The following photos tell the story of the most compelling events this week, capturing happenstance moments and monumental occurrences with a single click. The images that stopped us in our tracks the past...

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Armory Show 2013: Artsy Teams Up WIth Art Fair To Give Online Audience Access To Art

(4) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 3:56 PM

Today the ambitious online art database known as Artsy launched a preview of works to be displayed at this year's Armory Show in New York, which runs from March 7-10.

Carter Cleveland, Founder and CEO of Artsy, referred to the page as "a visual Twitter but...

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LongHouse Reserve Winter Benefit And Peek At Diana Vreeland Exhibition At Hearst Tower

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 2:04 PM

LongHouse Reserve recently held their winter benefit at the iconic Hearst Tower in Midtown Manhattan. Guests were able to see in the atrium "The Eye Has to Travel," a private exhibition dedicated to Diana Vreeland's Harper's Bazaar years (1936-1962). Our favorite part of the show (besides Vreeland's many looks) was...

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Paul Williams Still Alive: 'Rainbow Connection' Singer Talks Dolphins, Drug Use And His Documentary (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 7:14 AM

In "Paul Williams Still Alive," the documentary about the popular 1970s singer/songwriter -- and Johnny Carson cut-up -- Paul Williams, we see the musical icon reveal his life and desires to the lens, pointing to larger truths about the industry and the ways we regularly sabotage...

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Mechanics of the Dance Machine: Armitage Gone! Dance's World Premiere Is Red Hot

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 1:26 PM

Last night, I had the opportunity to see the world premiere of "Mechanics of the Dance Machine," the latest production from Armitage Gone! Dance.

In my humble opinion, Armitage remains one of the unsung heroines of the performing arts world, despite her many years at the forefront of the...

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