Cameron Shaw

Brother’s Keeper

Cameron Shaw on Killer of Sheep

April 2012

THE FIRST IMAGE of Charles Burnett’s 1977 film Killer of Sheep is a child’s face, wet-eyed, as he stands castigated for not standing up for his brother in a fight. Inaction replaces wrath in this prologue, but the father’s punishing … READ ON

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Save the Last Dance

Cameron Shaw on The Red Shoes

July 2010

A WOMAN’S GLOVED HAND turns the pages of a program, aided by her male companion. The camera assumes their point of view. With this brilliant segue, directors Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger signal that we, the film audience, are these… READ ON

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“Las Vegas Studio: Images from the Archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown”

June 2010

Above the Stardust Resort and Casino, a towering neon orb competes with the desert sunset. As the sky later fades to black, the lambent globe will glitter victorious, but in this moment, nature and man-made signifier are equals in Las Vegas.… READ ON

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Harmony Korine

Harmony Korine talks about Trash Humpers

April 2010

After runs at the Toronto International, New York, and SXSW film festivals, Harmony Korine’s Trash Humpers opens in New York on May 7 at Cinema Village and at the Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles on May 14. Korine directed, wrote, and also … READ ON

500 WORDS

Quintron and Miss Pussycat

April 2010

In Miss Pussycat’s parallel universe, sweet and gooey Hubig’s pies are a secret weapon against evil for a do-gooding nutria––just one example of how the New Orleans–based puppeteer manipulates the particulars of her hometown. Her … READ ON

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Mo Money Mo Problems

Cameron Shaw on Jean Renoir

April 2010

“WHERE GOLD COMMANDS, laughter vanishes,” says the viceroy to the lusty actress, shortly before he lavishes her with his territory’s most coveted and expensive possession. Full of such delicious ironies, Jean Renoir’s The Golden Coach… READ ON

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Cornelia Parker

January 2010

If every .44 Magnum belonged to Cornelia Parker, the world would be a better place. In this exhibition, the British artist finds beauty not simply in the mundane but in the murderous. Using the lead from a lone melted bullet, she creates an… READ ON

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Mark Dion

January 2010

The largest reptile in North America, the male alligator, can grow to nearly eighteen feet and exceed one thousand pounds. In his latest exhibition, the Pennsylvania-based artist Mark Dion presents a diminutive, denatured image of the swamp… READ ON

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Dan Fischer

December 2009

In 1909, F. T. Marinetti published his Futurist Manifesto, a rebel cry for artists to stop venerating the past in order to produce the art of tomorrow. On its hundredth anniversary, the New York–based artist Dan Fischer honors (and knowingly… READ ON

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Sister Corita Kent

November 2009

In 1967, Newsweek’s David Shirey dubbed Sister Mary Corita Kent the “hippest of all” nuns. The next year, after three decades of service, she left the religious order but kept producing the radical serigraphs that helped earn that title.… READ ON

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