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Are Documentaries About Artists More Important Than Their Art?

Matthew Israel | Posted 09.09.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

Films about artisits are great devices for making art more accessible. They give a wonderful window into an artist's process. They often show more concretely than other media what an artistic career entails as well as enable a view of the structures and institutions of the art world.

Favelization: The Imaginary Brazil in Contemporary Film, Fashion and Design

Maria Gabriela Brito | Posted 05.11.2014 | Arts
Maria Gabriela Brito

"Is favelization a patronizing and opportunistic way of portraying the reality of a certain segment of the Brazilian population, fetishizing a space and its inhabitants, to brand products as Brazilian?"

Vik Muniz's Landfill Photos Reflect On Consumer Culture

AP | By JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 06.18.2012 | Arts

RIO DE JANEIRO -- From the ground, Vik Muniz's new studio looks like a landfill, scattered with discarded bottles, tin cans and trash of all sorts. R...

PHOTOS: One Of The World's Largest Dumps Is No More

AP | JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 08.01.2012 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO — One of the world's largest open-air landfills, a vast, seaside mountain of trash where thousands of people have made a living s...

Your Guide To Frieze New York

Posted 05.04.2012 | Arts

The 2012 Frieze Art Fair kicks off tomorrow by taking over Randall's Island in New York, so get yourself on the Frieze ferry to see the 180 galleries ...

The Great Houdini!

Posted 03.19.2012 | Arts

Legendary magician Harry Houdini was the master of spectacle, provocation and surprise. Born Ehrich Weiss, a rabbi's son, Houdini soon became an inter...

Heart Of Glass

Posted 03.03.2012 | Arts

Though you may think the realm of glass is limited to Cinderella's slipper, the vessel for your wine, and Blondie's ex-beau's heart, the material actu...

PHOTOS: Exhibition Captures Torrid Love Affair Between Artists And Art History

Posted 12.07.2011 | Arts

The exhibition 'Sentimental Education' examines and toys with the cyclical love affair between the artist and art history, and the gifts each gives th...

5 Must-See Indie Films

Leonard Maltin | Posted 05.31.2011 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

By Leonard Maltin With so much mediocrity on display at the multiplex, it's cause for celebration when terrific new movies from two world-class filmm...

Green Films Going for the Gold

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

While the popularity and relevance of the Academy Award ceremony have waxed and waned over the years, movies have remained a good bellwether of America's interests.

Vik Muniz's Garbage-Art Transforms A Waste Land Into A Nominee & Award Winner

Brad Balfour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Brad Balfour

Brazilian conceptualist Vik Muniz has been making remarkable photo-constructs and garnering accolades within the fine art world for years including su...

What Inspires You? Gizmodo Editor, Author Janet Fitch, And Former Wilco Keyboardist On What Gets Them Going

Allison K Gibson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Allison K Gibson

I was first introduced to the world of contemporary art during my tenure as a "gallerina"--that dreaded, dispassionate youngin' who looks on coldly a...

WATCH: DOCUMENTARY: NY Artist Paints Rio De Janeiro's Garbage Pickers

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

A Brooklyn artist visits the garbage dumps of Rio de Janeiro to paint the ragpickers. On the face of it, the project might seem to reek of exploitatio...

FILM: Is Brazilian Film The Future?

Lauri Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lauri Lyons

This year's Premiere Brazil film festival hosted by the Museum of Modern Art and the Rio Film Festival produced a line up of films that can best be described as the art of social activism.

New Museum Spring Gala Goes Brazilian, Welcomes Desiree Rogers

Matt Sledge | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Matt Sledge

The mood at the New Museum's Spring Gala was like the dress code: anything but black.

Waste Land -- Recycling as an Artistic Statement

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

The inspiration for the movie Waste Land was in part sparked by a visit to New York City's mammoth Fresh Kills, formerly the world's largest landfill.