February 23, 2013

Erased de Kooning Drawing In The House

Last month, after putting together a list of all the times Johns and Rauschenberg mentioned working on each others' work, and wondering, "SERIOUSLY, DOES NO ONE ASK FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS?" I decided to start asking follow-up questions. In particular, I've...
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Posted by greg at 9:50 PM

December 18, 2012

Driving Taxis Through Heavy Neighborhoods To Look At The Paintings

Via the Hirshhorn via Art21 comes a nice two-way interview between Barbara Kruger and Richard Prince, originally published in BOMB Magazine in 1982, that ends: RP I'm misinformed about style. I always thought it had to do with being able...
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Posted by greg at 10:21 AM

December 17, 2012

Destroyed Agnes Martin Paintings

Untitled, 2004, Agnes Martin's last painting. Image via Phaidon The visits that maybe stick in the mind are the ones where she would show me four versions of a single painting and she'd say to me. 'I think this...
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Posted by greg at 7:45 AM

December 2, 2012

Mozingo Life In The South

Eastman Johnson, Negro Life in the South, 1859, NYHS Just getting in touch with my black roots, putting a stake in the ground here on part of Eleanor Jones Harvey's discussion with Tyler Green about her show, "The Civil...
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Posted by greg at 5:42 PM

November 27, 2012

Willem de Kooning Meant To Not Do That

In the 4th part of his video walkthrough of MoMA's Willem de Kooning retrospective, James Kalm has an extended clip of curator John Elderfield talking with Glenn Lowry about how the artist's late paintings relate to his earlier work. Elderfield...
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Posted by greg at 11:24 AM

November 8, 2012

Blank And Blank And Blank

One of the things I found so fascinating about the Cariou v. Prince case is the language. The juxtaposition of the ambiguities and subjectivities of art, the calculated omissions of the art market, and the adversarial formalism and ritual of...
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Posted by greg at 9:36 AM

October 3, 2012

Michelangelo Antonioni Made A Music Video And A Commercial.

OK, wow, so this is a music video by Michelangelo Antonioni, one of the first/few things he shot on video. It's a song called "Fotoromanza" from "Puzzle," the first hit album by the Italian pop singer Gianna Nannini. As you...
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Posted by greg at 7:40 AM

October 2, 2012

Ed Meneeley's Photocopy Prints

Illustration from Ed Meneeley's Tender Buttons, 1964 You may know Edward Meneeley from such art historical blog posts as, "The guy who published the subscription art slide library and newsletter which Rauschenberg refused to allow to reproduce Short Circuit...
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Posted by greg at 11:24 PM

September 24, 2012

The Secret Ingredient Turned Out To Be Infringiness

Well that cat's out of the bag. Joy Garnett posted audio from the Richard Prince Canal Zone discussion she, Chris Habib and I had Saturday night at Printed Matter. It's available for streaming or download at the Internet Archive....
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Posted by greg at 2:06 PM

July 3, 2012

RIP, Ivan Karp, And Thanks

I'll get back to the Rauschenberg thing in a bit, but it's already been too long that I haven't noted the passing of Ivan Karp. He had been an amazingly generous, interesting, and informative resource to me over the...
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Posted by greg at 3:34 PM

June 27, 2012

Or Did Just Everyone Have A VW Bus And A Loft Back Then?

Seriously, people, maybe I should just start documenting the artists and avant garde music folks in the 1960s who didn't roam around in a VW Bus. Here is composer Terry Riley, published in William Duckworth's 1999 interview collection, Talking Music:DUCKWORTH:...
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Posted by greg at 10:20 AM

June 7, 2012

The VW Appears

image: copyright the John Cage Trust, used with permission So awesome. Last winter, I tried to dig up all the published firsthand accounts and references of The VW Years, Carolyn Brown's term for the early days of the Merce...
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Posted by greg at 12:11 AM

May 23, 2012

Jasper Johns Making Silkscreens, By Katy Martin

Usuyuki, 1981 Alright, Katy Martin, who made two incredible Jasper Johns films in the late 1970s when you were practically a kid. Uh, actually, yeah, that's about it. Just watch them. Harvard's Sackler Museum just opened a show yesterday,...
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Posted by greg at 9:53 PM

May 2, 2012

In The Backroom With Jasper Johns

Well this is interesting. I don't know how I missed this before now, but Albert Vanderburg was the associate editor of Portable Gallery Bulletin whose 1962 article discussing the impact of Rauschenberg's inclusion of Johns' flag painting in Short...
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Posted by greg at 1:57 PM

April 29, 2012

Things We Were Going To Do Are Now Being Done By Others.

And speaking of big universes and small worlds, I'm starting to listen to the 1991 recordings of John Cage's Diary: How To Improve The World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse), and just ten minutes in, I'm reminded that Cage's...
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Posted by greg at 10:39 PM

Big Universe, Big Data

Ross Andersen has a fascinating interview with JWST scientist Alberto Conti about the orders of magnitude increases in the amount of astronomical data being gathered these days:There are two issues driving the current data challenges facing astronomy. First, we are...
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Posted by greg at 10:14 PM

April 15, 2012

Our Man In Venice

I've liked this explanation Gerhard Richter gave in 1972 to Rolf Schön about the relationship in his work between photography and painting for a long time, but it's been particularly awesome lately:RS: How do you stand in relation to illusion?...
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Posted by greg at 7:51 PM

Weiwei's Red Lantern

An interesting detail from The Economist's report on Ai Weiwei's house arrest, and the irony of the police order to stop broadcasting his own webcams:And he knows of at least 15 police surveillance cameras mounted within 100 metres of his...
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Posted by greg at 2:33 PM

March 19, 2012

LLOLZ On Gerhard Richter's Annunciation After (A Postcard Of) Titian

Annunciation after Titian, CR 343-1, 1973, collection Hirshhorn Museum, image: gerhard-richter.com I confess, I love Gerhard Richter in the 70s. Here are some of the best/funniest excerpts from a interview he did with art historian/curator Gislind Nabakowski that was...
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Posted by greg at 8:50 AM

March 10, 2012

Here Is A Giant, Awesome NASA Test Chamber From Fashioning Apollo

John Powers has been on me for months to read ">Nicholas de Monchaux's Fashioning Apollo, the incredible and unlikely history of the development of the Apollo spacesuits. And I have been meaning to, I swear, but this insane photo may...
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Posted by greg at 10:01 PM

March 3, 2012

Robert Montgomery: Spectacular Vernacular

I've got a few reservations, but I'm really quite smitten with London-based Scottish artist Robert Montgomery's poetically critical billboard artworks. The one above was unfurled at a Stop The War protest in Trafalgar Square last October. It reads:WHEN WE...
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Posted by greg at 8:47 PM

February 20, 2012

'Collectors Are My Power Base'

Abstraction and luxury are the guard dogs of the upper class. - Jeff Koons— Berfrois (@berfrois) February 20, 2012 It's well worth looking at the fuller context of that awesome Jeff Koons blurb about abstraction and luxury being the guard...
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Posted by greg at 8:21 AM

February 9, 2012

On Repainting Gerhard Richter

First, Happy Birthday, Mr. Richter. Destroyed 1964 Richter painting, image from Gerhard Richter Archkiv via Spiegel I don't know if Joerg knew at the time he first tweeted about it--he is plugged in and German, so who knows?--but I certainly...
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Posted by greg at 8:59 AM

February 8, 2012

Douglas Gordon On Painting

Got posts stacked up like flights at LaGuardia, but I can't get past these paintings by Douglas Gordon [right?] coming up at Christie's London sale next week. They're 1-m square monochromes of acrylic housepaint with a text and date that's...
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Posted by greg at 12:05 AM

January 12, 2012

'Bob Made It, But Jasper Made It Art.'

A couple of things that I still wonder about about Rauschenberg's Erased de Kooning Drawing: What did de Kooning think? The story of making it is always told by Rauschenberg, or from his side. Did de Kooning ever tell the...
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Posted by greg at 10:54 AM

December 21, 2011

The VW Years, Ch. 3: John Cage

The VW bus makes many appearances in John Cage's own writings, especially his tour diaries in Empty Words: Writings '73-78:After winning the mushroom quiz in Italy, I bought a Volkswagen microbus for the company. Joe's was open but said it...
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Posted by greg at 9:59 PM

December 19, 2011

The VW Years: Ch. 2, Remy Charlip & Steve Paxton

[l to r] Viola Farber, Bruce King, Remy Charlip, Carolyn Brown & Merce Cunningham performing Nocturnes in 1956. photo CDF/Louis A. Stevenson, Jr. via the estate project Remy Charlip was an early collaborator in Merce Cunningham's orbit. Years before...
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Posted by greg at 8:50 AM

December 17, 2011

The VW Years: Ch. 1

John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and Robert Rauschenberg photographed in 1960 by Richard Avedon In a few days, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company will perform for the last time. I have not been a close follower of Cunningham's work, except...
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Posted by greg at 10:53 PM

November 16, 2011

What I Want To Look At Today: Byron Kim's Night Sky Paintings

Byron Kim, Untitled (for S.B.), image via jamescohan.com Byron Kim's first show at James Cohan consists of large, nearly monochromatic paintings of the night sky in Brooklyn. Or perhaps they're of memories of the night sky in Brooklyn, or...
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Posted by greg at 2:48 PM

October 21, 2011

Gerhard Richter On The Family Of Man

The Tate video of Nic Serota and his team in Gerhard Richter's studio is nice for many reasons: it includes some squeegee action scenes from Corrina Belz's Gerhard Richter Painting [which I'm trying to get a copy of; Is...
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Posted by greg at 9:55 AM

October 20, 2011

How To Make An Ansel Adams-Style Photomural / Folding Screen

I'm sure photomural historians out there are chuckling, wondering when I was finally going to catch up on this, but HOLY CRAP, PEOPLE! ANSEL ADAMS PHOTO MURALS! Alright, it's not quite so unknown. The Polaroid ransacking auction last year at...
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Posted by greg at 7:33 PM

October 15, 2011

Doug Rickard At Pier 24

Via Wayne Bremser comes this nice interview with Doug Rickard, who talks about his Google Street View photo project, A New American Picture. Rickard is in HERE, an exhibit of at Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco. [Bremser's notes...
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Posted by greg at 5:11 PM

October 14, 2011

Blowing Up Tanks: Ellsworth Kelly And The Camouflage Secret Army

ce ci n'est pas un Razzle Dazzle? Ellsworth Kelly, Study for Meschers, 1951, moma When tiny scans of Gwyneth Paltrow's Interview interview with Ellsworth Kelly first appeared on tumblr, the only thing you could read was his pullquote about...
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Posted by greg at 9:57 AM

October 11, 2011

It's Dick's Chick In A Box

You know, for a couple of weeks now, I've had this thing Bomb Magazine tumbld sitting in my browser, some teaser for their archive about Richard Serra dangling a chicken in Rauschenberg's face at Yale, which, of course, he did,...
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Posted by greg at 7:59 AM

October 10, 2011

On John Neuhart, 1928-2011

I was very saddened to learn that the great designer John Neuhart passed away last month. He and his wife and fellow designer Marilyn were early and influential colleagues of Ray and Charles Eames, and have been heavily involved...
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Posted by greg at 5:53 PM

October 5, 2011

Richter Schtick

For the record, I think a press conference is a pretty suboptimal forum for discussing art, even worse than for discussing film. So while I was first leaning towards laughing at Gerhard Richter's apparently gruff, uselessly short-for-a-sound-bite answers at yesterday's...
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Posted by greg at 10:08 AM

October 3, 2011

Shadows To The Left Of Me, Shadows To The Right Of Me

I'll probably write some more about Andy Warhol's Shadows, but I want to find more details about its creation and Heiner Friedrich's involvement. In the mean time, though, I just came across a 1985 Richard Serra quote from the Pratt...
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Posted by greg at 7:18 AM

September 30, 2011

On The Nightmare Of The Rack

Kriston Capps' tweet to Powhida about art and immortality instantly reminded me of RH Quaytman's conversation with Steel Stillman, which ran in Art in America last summer, and which upended my own comfortable memory of first encountering Quaytman's little...
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Posted by greg at 7:38 AM

September 23, 2011

The Until The End Of The World Is Nigh

I'm going to assume you're as freaked out as I am that neuroscientists at UC Berkeley have constructed video from the brain activity of what someone is seeing. Gizmodo has a bit longer explanation of the research, and here's...
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Posted by greg at 8:35 AM

September 15, 2011

Filming Gerhard Richter Painting

Gotta get a piece of that Gerhard Richter Painting. After completing a documentary about the artist's Cologne Cathedral stained glass windows in 2007, filmmaker Corinna Belz began working on another project, filming Richter at work in his studio. She...
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Posted by greg at 11:32 PM

September 2, 2011

'And I AM. An American Sculptor.'

Between 1981 and 1985, Paul Tschinkel and Marc H. Miller produced 17 episodes of ART/newyork, a subscription-based video magazine about contemporary art for use, incredibly, in public schools and libraries. Their 1982 interview with Richard Serra, a Yale classmate of...
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Posted by greg at 1:30 PM

September 1, 2011

'Rirkrit Tiravanija's Favorite Farmer'

Chiang Mai farmer/laborer Lung Neaw has worked with RIrkrit Tiravanija for several years now. He helped build the artist's house. Tiravanija's footage of him has appeared in various gallery and museum installations. And Saturday, Tiravanija's film, Lung Neaw Visits...
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Posted by greg at 10:58 PM

August 26, 2011


image: designboom Enzo Mari was brought in to design the exhibition at the Fondation Cartier, Vaudon-Vodun, African Voodoo Art from the Collection of Anne and Jacques Kerchache. It's simple and spectacular, and designboom has, as usual, rather comprehensive visual...
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Posted by greg at 12:10 PM

August 18, 2011

Great Minds Think Alike, But Only Some Of Us Write For The New Yorker

I'm a bit embarrassed to admit I didn't read it earlier, and I have to read it now, obviously, now that it's finally been published in the US. But I wonder if my first short film may be an inadvertent...
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Posted by greg at 12:06 AM

August 16, 2011

Flip Books, Floats & Photomurals: More On Robert Breer

So wonderful. William Smith writes about visiting Robert Breer's home studio as part of Triple Canopy's publication in residency last Winter at MOCA Tucson. Which sounds like the awesomest boondoggle ever, btw: Breer famously composed most of his films one...
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Posted by greg at 10:03 PM

August 14, 2011

On Robert Breer, Floats, Rugs & Flags

I've had Michelle Kuo's interview with Robert Breer [artforum, nov 2010] open in my browser tabs for months now, ever since Steve Roden posted about his incredible little toy Float, which was sold at MoMA's gift shop in 1970,...
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Posted by greg at 7:41 PM

July 30, 2011

Conversation in Salt Lake City

Robert Smithson, "Conversation in Salt Lake City," 1972:There's a word called entropy. These are kind of like entropic situations that hold themselves together. It's like the Spiral Jetty is physical enough to be able to withstand all these climate changes,...
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Posted by greg at 3:16 PM

June 22, 2011

Rauschenberg Currents Event

Robert Rauschenberg's massive 1970 silk screen edition, Currents sure is hard to miss. And not just because it's 18 meters long. MoMA's copy from the edition [of just six] has been wrapped around the corner of the second floor galleries...
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Posted by greg at 10:36 PM

May 23, 2011

Weight, Weight, Don't Tell Me

On October 4th, 1994, at an artist panel discussion for MoMA's Cy Twombly retrospective, Richard Serra made an offhand comment about how "The last century of art has been based on a misreading of Cezanne." To a young, impressionable...
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Posted by greg at 8:41 PM

May 19, 2011

Charline Von Heyl Is Reading Your Blog

Von Heyl-bait: Spatial Force Construction, 1921, Lyubov Popova A couple of weeks ago Charline von Heyl made a refreshingly badass presentation on painting at the Hammer Museum. [It was organized by UCLA's art department.] The tenor was quite different,...
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Posted by greg at 9:17 AM

May 13, 2011

Shh, Don't Speak.

From Dennis Lim's brief Q&A with Gus Van Sant at Cannes, where Restless is [finally?] debuting:We did silent takes of almost every scene so we could maybe use them in the editing. Terry Malick apparently shoots silent takes so he...
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Posted by greg at 8:36 PM

May 5, 2011

Richard Prince Deposition Book All Grown Up

"THE WITNESS: This could be a cool book." - Richard Prince Deposition Transcript, p. 328 Dude, Richard Prince just blurbed my book. Between the lawyers on both sides of Cariou vs. Prince et al, about 275 pages of the...
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Posted by greg at 10:46 PM

April 25, 2011

Did You Buy A Copy Of The Richard Prince Deposition Book?

Then please email me if you haven't already. greg at greg dot org Electronic or print, either one. Because I have something for you....
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Posted by greg at 11:38 AM

Witch Balls And Gazing Balls

I've seen a million and one lawn ornaments without ever noticing any connection to satelloons. And then I saw this odd ball self-portrait of Edwaerd Muybridge last spring at the Corcoran [detail below], and I"m like, big shiny Victorian garden...
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Posted by greg at 7:52 AM

April 24, 2011

Andrea Bowers On The Political Landscape

Thomas Lawson's 2010 interview with Andrea Bowers is like five kinds of great. It concerns the works in her show at Susan Vielmetter in Los Angeles, "The Political Landscape." Bowers' story of making a video piece about activist and Bush-era...
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Posted by greg at 10:53 PM

April 19, 2011

Robert Irwin's Black Plane

Andrew Russeth has a great post about the making of Robert Irwin's Black Plane. As part of the Whitney's 1977 survey of the artist's work, Irwin had the museum staff paint the intersection of 42nd St & Fifth Avenue,...
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Posted by greg at 2:09 PM

April 16, 2011

Source Material

What is the point of books if you're just going to store them out of sight? I mean, just look at the back cover of A.R.T. Press's 1992 interview of Vija Celmins by Chuck Close. If only I'd had this...
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Posted by greg at 1:57 PM

April 6, 2011

Some Vija Celmins Interviews

This LACMA interview with Vija Celmins about her show there of early work is just great. [The show itself is great, too; it was first at the Menil.] No sooner did I watch it, than Celmins' name came up in...
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Posted by greg at 9:01 PM

April 5, 2011

Quote Of The Day

Italics in original:Nan Rosenthal: Does the color gray carry for you a suggestion of ambiguity? Jasper Johns: Everything carries for me a suggestion of ambiguity. From the q&a in Jasper Johns Gray...
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Posted by greg at 1:40 PM

April 1, 2011

The Sun Never Sets On Your Richard Prince Depositions Shopping Cart

You know what, in my six days as a published author, out there flogging his book, I find myself thinking, again, of Cervantes and Don Quixote. I mean, I it really feels like I'm living in the Quixotian name I...
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Posted by greg at 10:19 PM

March 28, 2011

Canal Zone Richard Prince YES RASTA: Sample Spreads

Thanks for the support and feedback on the Canal Zone Richard Prince YES RASTA: Selected Court Documents &c., &c. book. [updated link info below] Some folks who ordered the electronic version--the first to get the compilation in their hands, since...
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Posted by greg at 12:22 PM

March 24, 2011

Richard Prince Decision? You're Soaking In It!

What with all this Prince in my head, I start seeing and reading and remembering things in relation to the Canal Zone case. For instance: In conjuring up a meaning for Richard Prince's Canal Zone work that fit the crime...
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Posted by greg at 9:27 PM

March 23, 2011

The Five Most Ridiculous Things About The Richard Prince Copyright Decision

Paddy and her commenters have already done a pretty good job sorting through the decision in the Cariou vs. Prince & Gagosian case, and there are other folks out there with far more expertise and time than I who...
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Posted by greg at 11:39 PM

Richard Prince's Spiritual America

Holy smokes, Richard Prince, Patrick Cariou, Larry Gagosian, Judge Batts, Bob Marley, Richard Serra [! I know, right?], Brooke Shields, $18 million in artwork, the fate of appropriation, the implosion of the gallery system, copyright apocalypse, there's so much...
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Posted by greg at 7:46 AM

March 16, 2011

On Remembering The Great Kanto Earthquake

NYT Mag staffer Aaron Retica posted some childhood recollections from Akira Kurosawa of the horrible aftermath of the 1923 Kanto Earthquake, and the xenophobic hysteria that followed. It makes me wonder, though, if Kurosawa ever spoke about his decision not...
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Posted by greg at 1:26 PM

March 2, 2011

Where To Make A Steichen-Style Photomural: Compo Photocolor

While trying to find out where and how to make a photomural, or at least how they used to make them, I found this slightly ridiculous 1966 Popular Science article about making photomurals in your very own home. And...
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Posted by greg at 9:36 AM

March 1, 2011

On War-Era Murals

The question or theme or whatever hadn't crystallized for me, but when Tyler linked to the previous two posts about Lt. Comm. Edward Steichen's wartime propaganda exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, he noted that "there's a lot...
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Posted by greg at 9:47 PM

February 19, 2011

Art Poster

Honestly, I don't know why I didn't see it before. The answer's staring me right in the face. And I was so close with the Serra, too. Annunciation After Titian, 343-1, 1973, Gerhard Richter [image via g-r] This morning I...
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Posted by greg at 7:32 AM

February 16, 2011

'It's The First Time In History All These Four Artists Are Gathered Together.'

I cannot believe this has under 1,000 views. I'm only about 8:00 into this YouTube video, and already, Viktor Pinchuk is my hero. While anyone with a yacht or a palazzo could assemble a tranche of the art world...
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Posted by greg at 10:43 AM

February 14, 2011

Richter's Balls, Regrets

So I'm reading along in my new copy of Gerhard Richter: Writings 1961-2007--which is pretty awesome, and which does appear to supersede the artist's previous collected writings, The Daily Practice of Painting, which is good to know, but really, what...
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Posted by greg at 7:41 AM

February 11, 2011

Goodbye Janette Laverrière

I'd say, "Adieu" or "Au revoir," but Janette Laverrière was as fierce an atheist as she was a communist, designer, and artist. So I'll just say I'm slow and sad to learn that Laverrière died last month at the age...
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Posted by greg at 11:45 PM

February 8, 2011

Which Flag Story? Which One Do You Know?

Flag, 1954-55, via moma The creation myth for Jasper Johns' Flag is well-known, and well-told. Like Leo Castelli's story of discovering Johns' groundbreaking oeuvre, fully formed, while he and Rauschenberg were raiding the icebox, and how Johns' first show...
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Posted by greg at 8:28 PM

Yves Klein, Ex-Voto Ex-Monastero

Sister Andreina holding Yves Klein's ex-voto for Santa Rita di Cascia in 1999, photo: David Bordes I get the sense that in the contemporary art world, an artist's religiosity or spirituality is often perceived as an obstacle, an eccentricity...
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Posted by greg at 7:38 AM

February 1, 2011

'The Excess of Unimportant Information'

Though to a guy making something called Atlas in his spare time it still probably feels pretty empty and limited, Gerhard Richter's website is pretty expansive. Via Twitter, we learn that his web elves have just added a quotes section,...
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Posted by greg at 1:55 PM

January 30, 2011

Les Ballons de Léon Gimpel

Last week in my interview with Mike Maizels for Pinkline Project, I'd mentioned how the Grand Palais in Paris would be an acceptable art venue for exhibiting my satelloon project. Not only was the grand nave one of the few...
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Posted by greg at 8:11 PM

January 12, 2011

Untitled (Portrait of Ross in LA)

Untitled (Portrait of Ross in L.A.), 1991RB Before I knew you I saw something... You know what I'm going to say? FGT I dedicated a piece to Ross. RB Exactly. I thought, this is so sweet, I want to...
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Posted by greg at 10:25 PM

December 5, 2010

Johns, Merce, Duchamp: Walkaround Time

image: walkerart.org Welcome to one of the oldest tabs in my browser: the inflatable balloon set for Merce Cunningham's 1968 piece, Walkaround Time, which is based on Marcel Duchamp's Large Glass, which was made by the company's artistic director...
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Posted by greg at 9:35 PM

November 27, 2010

This Flag Is My Flag. This Flag Is Your Flag.

Something Holland Cotter wrote today made me really think: "Short Circuit is a sweet reminder of Rauschenberg's collegial generosity; he believed in art making as a communal endeavor, and acted on that belief." Collegial generosity is certainly one way...
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Posted by greg at 12:11 AM

November 18, 2010

Fun In Paint

I don't know why I do it either, but here is Washington Post arts blogger Blake Gopnik ruminating on just what it is that makes Arshile Gorky's paintings so upbeat, so appealing:The most striking thing about this AbEx show...
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Posted by greg at 8:57 AM

November 13, 2010

Sea Force One

Christoph Brech is the master of the meaningful tight shot. In Sea Force One, he focuses in on a pair of workers in a small boat who are scrubbing the hull of Francois Pinault's black yacht in front of Punta...
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Posted by greg at 11:55 AM

October 24, 2010

Related: Photomurals In Stardust Memories By Woody Allen [Not Related]

My recent photomural binge has flushed out some interesting comments and suggestions, including one from Craig about the use of a photomural as a key interior design element in Woody Allen's 1980 film, Stardust Memories. Allen's character, filmmaker Sandy...
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Posted by greg at 2:54 PM

October 19, 2010

Les Immiserables

It's hard to do bad interview with Errol Morris. But this exchange with Amanda Katz for the Boston Globe is particularly awesome:We have this idea that reading leads to self-betterment. But reading can, properly considered, lead to self-immiserization! Did you...
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Posted by greg at 9:09 AM

October 13, 2010

Imagine There's No Made In Heaven

Christian Viveros-Faune's ruthless smackdown of the Luxembourg & Dayan show of Jeff Koons' porny 1990 Made In Heaven series is an acid, but necessary reminder of how economically and critically disastrous the early 1990s were for the artist. [Though I'm...
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Posted by greg at 11:43 PM

October 5, 2010

Going Long On Terry O'Shea

Terrance O'Shea, late 1960s, 11x11x2 slab of laminated plexiglass This summer while poking around into the conflicted treatment of the Pasadena Art Museum's Warhol Brillo Boxes, I found a tangential mystery: 10 or 30 or 40 or more Kellogg's...
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Posted by greg at 8:36 PM

September 20, 2010

On The Making Of The Lost Biennale Machines Of Daniel Libeskind

A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from Hal Laessig, a Newark architect, developer, and artist who was a graduate student of Daniel Libeskind's at Cranbrook, and who came back to build three fantastical, fantasy machines for LIbeskind's...
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Posted by greg at 7:41 PM

September 18, 2010

Daniel Libeskind And The Grand Academy Of Lagado

God bless the Internet and all who surf upon her. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about what I thought was an esoteric topic, even for greg.org: the fantastical lost machines from "Three Lessons of Architecture," Daniel Libeskind's exhibition...
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Posted by greg at 9:08 PM

September 15, 2010

Bernd & Hilla Becher Made A Movie. In Color.

And so far, I can't find it anywhere:UEZ: when your work first started to appear and was classified as Conceptual art, did you have a secure visual language which you knew would be viable over time? Or could you have...
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Posted by greg at 7:28 AM

September 14, 2010

Who Will Write The History Of The Pasadena Art Museum?

It's funny how I think I know the history of the Pasadena Art Museum, when all I'm doing is projecting back and assuming a bunch of stuff based on a bunch of great-sounding anecdotes: First museum shows for Duchamp, Lichtenstein,...
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Posted by greg at 2:23 PM

August 31, 2010

Thomas Houseago Speaking At The New School

It's taking me a while to warm to Tom Houseago's sculptures, but that's fine. It took me a very long time to come around to Rachel Harrison's work, and boy, is it worth it, so I'm happy to give...
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Posted by greg at 11:26 AM

August 25, 2010

MoMA, CBS And The Responsive Eye

After watching the first segment at maryandmatt's blog, I was hooked. Mike Wallace, shooting a 1965 episode of WCBS news show Eye on New York in and about The Museum of Modern Art's blockbuster exhibition of Op Art, "The...
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Posted by greg at 8:45 AM

August 23, 2010

If You Can't Say Anything Nice, Come Sit For Me

I watched the documentary Alice Neel last night, made in 2007 by the late artist's grandson Andrew Neel. It's pretty good, definitely worth a watch. Documentaries by family members come with a whole set of conflicts and challenges baked in,...
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Posted by greg at 2:21 PM

August 13, 2010

John Cage's One11: The Making Of, Now In English

A couple of weeks ago, I watched Henning Lohner's film essay/documentary about working with John Cage to make One11 and 103, Cage's only feature film project, completed just before he passed away in 1992. It's on YouTube, chopped up...
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Posted by greg at 2:18 PM

Highlights From Creative Time Summit I

In anticipation of Creative Time Summit II--it's October 9-10, just a few weeks away!--I've been watching some of the talks from last fall's Summit, organized by Nato Thompson held at the NY Public Library. [For an overview, check out Frieze's...
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Posted by greg at 12:18 AM

July 21, 2010

Dali's Pen Is

While scoping out the 1974 video art conference at MoMA, "Open Circuits, the Future of Television," filmmaker Jose Montes Baquer decided that for some reason, Salvador Dali should be the artist he would collaborate with for his documentary. Baquer...
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Posted by greg at 4:20 PM

July 7, 2010

On Gilbert & George

I didn't make it the first time, of course, but I did see Gilbert & George's reprise of "The Singing Sculpture" in 1991 at Sonnabend. It left a pretty deep impression on me in a way their photo compositions...
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Posted by greg at 10:50 PM

July 5, 2010

The International Symposium for Andy Warhol's Brillo Boxes

The Moment has a Q&A with Mike Bidlo, whose work, Not Warhol (Brillo Boxes, 1964), 2005 is currently on view in the Lever House lobby: Did you ever meet him [Warhol] more formally? Yes, at a party at Jean-Michel...
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Posted by greg at 10:12 PM

July 2, 2010

Decommission Commission: Harrier And Jaguar By Fiona Banner

Harrier and Jaguar, Fiona Banner's commission for Tate Britain's Duveen Galleries opened this week, and from the making of film and interview with the artist, it looks spectacular. Banner has installed two decommissioned fighter jets--a BAe Sea Harrier XE695...
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Posted by greg at 10:38 PM

June 26, 2010

'Waking Up, It Was The First Thing I Saw'

Thanks to Paul Schmelzer at Eyeteeth for pointing to Bob Nickas's great 1999 interview with Maurizio Cattelan. Good times. I really wanted to focus on his experience with painting, so this excerpt starts kind of in the middle of the...
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Posted by greg at 10:07 PM

June 22, 2010

Muybridge Had A Posse

Now before we get too far, let me state for the record that so long as there's no thievery or lying involved, but appropriate credit or consideration is, I got no problem at all with a man who takes another...
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Posted by greg at 8:46 PM

June 7, 2010

HowTo: Make A Vija Celmins Night Sky Painting

The Brooklyn Rail's Phong Bui interviewed Vija Celmins about her show at David McKee GalleryBrooklyn Rail: About the night sky paintings, I always wanted to ask you, with all of the subtleties of gray tones embedded in the white...
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Posted by greg at 9:19 PM

June 2, 2010

Pour Copie Conforme

After bagging on Blake Gopnik's comments on Marcel Duchamp playing the buyers of his readymades for fools, I started looking more closely at Duchamp's actual statements and working process. It's so easy to consider him as just a source of...
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Posted by greg at 10:22 PM

April 26, 2010

A Spy In The State Department

No, not Michael Whitney Straight. Felix Gonzalez-Torres, in a 1995 interview with Rob Storr:There's a great quote by the director of the Christian Coalition, who said that he wanted to be a spy. "I want to be invisible," he...
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Posted by greg at 10:59 PM

April 25, 2010

On Photographs, Stars, Abstract Images, Reality

More from Giuseppe Panza's 1985 Archives of American Art Oral Histories interview with Christopher Knight, this time on Panza's preference for abstraction: But I believe that the modern science reveal to our knowledge a world which is far above the...
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Posted by greg at 11:04 PM

'It's An Inducement To Memory'

Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, interviewed by Christopher Knight in 1985 for the Archives of American Art:DR. PANZA: Well, the connection between Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art was made through Rauschenberg, because if you look at Rauschenberg, you see also the...
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Posted by greg at 9:04 PM

March 19, 2010

Ken Price & Josef Albers At Brooke Alexander

Roberta Smith loves loves loves the Ken Price/Josef Albers show at Brooke Alexander. I all but stumbled across it a couple of weeks ago after finding Brooke's interview with Price (PDF), and I have to agree. It is incredibly...
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Posted by greg at 12:03 AM

March 18, 2010

'Marina Abramovic Is A Total Stone Cold Diva.'

Ivan Lozano's post about Marina Abramovic, Joan Jonas, Tino Seghal, and the conservation of performance art is absolutely fantastic. [It's built off the Performance Workshop Klaus Biesenbach held a couple of weeks ago, which was written up by Carol Kino...
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Posted by greg at 11:31 PM

March 13, 2010

In An Art Film That Time Forgot. Kathryn Bigelow IS. That Girl On Lawrence Weiner's Sofa.

Like everyone else reading it on OSCAR NIGHT®, Andrew Hultkrans' 1995 Artforum interview with Kathryn Bigelow gave me hope for the films-by-artists genre, if not quite from the direction people might expect. To hear a double OSCAR® winner say of...
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Posted by greg at 7:40 AM

March 1, 2010

On Thomas Ruff At Aperture

Joerg has an interesting recap of Thomas Ruff speaking with Philip Gefter a couple of weeks ago at Aperture. I'm a fan of several of Ruff's series of work--and distinctly not a fan of others, but hey. Here's a...
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Posted by greg at 9:43 PM

January 18, 2010

Mind The Storr: On Gerhard Richter's September

Seriously, I could fall into Gerhard Richter's website and not surface for days. There's just so much stuff. And related stuff. And meta-stuff. Auction histories for specific works? Cross-referenced Atlas pages? It just goes on and on and on....
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Posted by greg at 11:06 PM

December 10, 2009

Anne Truitt, Cool Warrior

I've always smiled when I read this exchange from James Meyer's 2001 interview with Anne Truitt: JM: People often try to connect the artist's life and work In obvious ways: They refract the art through the lens of biography. I...
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Posted by greg at 4:56 PM

November 21, 2009

Gene Smith And The Jazz Loft Project

I'm diggin' the crazy cats at WNYC and The Jazz Loft Project. After abandoning his family in Westchester, longtime LIFE photographer W. Eugene Smith wired his 6th Ave loft for sound and recorded the hell out it for several years...
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Posted by greg at 2:25 PM

Umberto Eco Curates An Art Exhibit

'We Like Lists Because We Don't Want to Die' The headline was glib enough that I waited several days before actually reading it, but Spiegel's interview with Umberto Eco does turn out to be worth it. SPIEGEL: But why does...
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Posted by greg at 1:37 PM

November 1, 2009

'The Sound of Footsteps'

Tacita Dean on the making of Craneway Event, the rehearsals of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in a former auto factory on the San Francisco Bay, which she filmed exactly a year ago: I edited it alone on my film-cutting...
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Posted by greg at 8:15 AM

August 4, 2009

James Turrell On Earth Shadow, Anti-Twilight, And The 15-Minute Museum Experience

The newly redesigned Design Observer would've been awesome even without hosting the archive of Places: Forum of Design For the Public Realm, a print journal published by the architecture faculties at MIT and UC Berkeley from 1983 until Spring 2009....
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Posted by greg at 10:22 AM

July 24, 2009

Stephen Shore Interview At Vice

Here are some dots I never would have connected. When Stephen Shore took his photography-changing 1972 road trip from New York to Amarillo, was he going to see Stanley Marsh 3? No se, but as this portrait shows, Shore definitely...
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Posted by greg at 10:05 PM

June 15, 2009

Hirokazu Koreeda Interview At The Rumpus

I thought Hirokazu Koreeda was going to be making a samurai jidai-geki. Wait, he did, in 2006. Hana yori mo naho. Here's a review: "The only samurai movie with pink flowers on the cover." Odd then, that even considering how...
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Posted by greg at 6:37 AM

May 9, 2009

Content Machine & Vessel Interview

Hans Ulrich Obrist - My last question, Olafur, is one I've asked you many times before: what is your favorite unrealized project? Olafur Eliasson - I would like to build a museum--to reevaluate the nature of a museum and build...
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Posted by greg at 11:59 PM

April 5, 2009

Amar Kanwar's The Torn First Pages

Last September was the first anniversary of what's now called the Saffron Rebellion, where Burmese monks took to the streets to protest the military government. As a commemoration of that movement, the Stedelijk Museum showed the first of three...
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Posted by greg at 1:47 PM

March 31, 2009

Morris, Dunkelman, Humiston

Errol Morris is unfurling another fascinating investigation of a 19th century photograph on hit NY Times blog. Today, in part 2/5, he talks with author and Civil War historian Mark Dunkelman about a breakthrough in researching the life of Amos...
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Posted by greg at 8:56 PM

March 13, 2009

Meanwhile, Agnes Varda Is Making Installations Now

Agnes Varda, who's DV mini-masterpiece The Gleaners was formative in my own decision to start making movies, tells Artforum:I've been making films for so long, for over fifty years now, but I really think I have two paths of work--cinema...
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Posted by greg at 10:02 PM

February 13, 2009

Musical Commentary Track

I caught a few minutes of Joss Whedon on Fresh Air yesterday; for the first half of the show, he was talking about the making of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and the awesome-sounding DVD, which includes Commentary! The Musical! the...
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Posted by greg at 11:25 PM

December 7, 2008

Warning: Don't Invite Julian Schnabel To Anything

Or if you do, don't have ellipsis in the name, because Schnabel will inevitably fill in the blanks with his name. From the WSJ's article on Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..., the Sundance Channel's excellent-sounding new TV talk show about music:But...
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Posted by greg at 11:24 AM

November 2, 2008

Satyajit Ray In Film India, c.1981

Steve Rosen found a 1981 interview with Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray at the flea market. He transcribed a bit onto Airform Archive, starting with an encounter Ray had with the 1913 Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore:Satyajit Ray: I'll tell you a...
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Posted by greg at 7:11 AM

September 23, 2008

Films, Fax Murals & More: Stan VanDerBeek At Guild & Greyshkul

I first encountered filmmaker Stan VanDerBeek's work in Aspen Magazine. His 1964 collaboration with Robert Morris, Site, combined dance/performance, art, and film. Performers create a physical, 3-D approximation of camera wipes and reveals using large black and white panels....
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Posted by greg at 11:30 PM

August 16, 2008

"OH Yeah, Cocteau. My Main Man."

Wes Anderson and Jason Schwartzman, "Live at 01" "Recorded entirely on location at Borders Store 01 Ann Arbor, Michigan" I was almost too busy rolling my eyes at these two smug knuckleheads doing a promotional prowl of the CD...
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Posted by greg at 9:26 AM

January 23, 2008

Lady Madonna, Children At Her Teat

From the Great Opening Paragraphs Department, Matthew Placek interviewed NZ documentary filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly for V Magazine:In March of 2006 I traveled with Vanessa Beecroft to Rumbek in South Sudan on two separate occasions to produce an image for...
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Posted by greg at 11:42 AM

December 4, 2007

Tom diCillo Interviews Roger Ebert

In an attempt to figure out why his well-reviewed film, Delirious, grossed only $200,000 at the box office--or rather, to figure out why a small, independent film is subjected to the same make-or-break Opening Weekend metrics as a studio blockbuster--Tom...
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Posted by greg at 12:00 AM

October 8, 2007

Mike Mills Interview: Does Your Soul Have A Cold?

Ted at Big Screen Little Screen has a nice phoner with Mike Mills on the occasion of his new documentary, Does Your Soul Have A Cold?, which premiers on IFC Oct. 22. In the movie, Mills follows around a group...
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Posted by greg at 9:27 PM

August 2, 2007

Profit And/From Pain

Charles Thomas Samuels ["S"] interviewed Michelangelo Antonioni ["A"] in Rome in 1969. I finally figured out the occasional non-sequiturish statements in the transcript were originally photo captions.S: In an interview I had with him, John Updike said something that fascinated...
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Posted by greg at 10:50 PM

June 2, 2007


Open news conference at the Cannes Film Festival are such absurdist theatrical frenzy, I half wonder if movie publicists didn't cook them up as a job security measure. The event serves up celebrities for an intense, dadaist interrogation by the...
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Posted by greg at 5:14 PM

April 14, 2007

Titius Has A Posse: BLDGBLOG Interviews Walter Murch

Holy smokes, I'm in like. Geoff sat down with editor/polymath Walter Murch for BLDGBLOG to discuss, of all things, the music of spheres. At least obliquely. I'd say they were Renaissance men, but as their discussion shows, the Renaissance was...
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Posted by greg at 10:34 AM

September 9, 2006

Wednesday In The Car With Claude

Now the story can be told. It's interesting how long it takes stuff to bubble across the Internet. A recent spate of blog discussion of Claude Lelouch's 1976 cult short film, C'etait un Rendezvous was prompted by the film's...
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Posted by greg at 7:10 PM

August 31, 2006

What If It Was Carson Daly? Would You Hate Him?

You could make a really good-looking movie right now for ten grand, if you have an idea. That’s the trick. I was watching Alphaville this weekend, and I’d love to do like a ten-minute version of Alphaville here in Manhattan....
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Posted by greg at 2:50 PM

August 2, 2006

Rem Sleepless, Or Discussion Is The New Performance Art

Much like the 24-hour interview-a-thon itself, Claire Bishop's report from the Serpentine Pavilion starts out hilariously--my original title for this post was to be "LOLOLOL"--and ends with unexpected substance and insight. Whether her declaration is the first, I don't care,...
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Posted by greg at 6:06 PM

July 24, 2006

I Do: Ed Burns Interview About The Groomsmen

I interviewed Ed Burns the other day about his new movie, The Groomsmen, which follows a group of childhood friends through the emotionally fraught run-up to one posse member's wedding. And while you're poking around on The Groomsmen, check out...
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Posted by greg at 1:01 AM

July 20, 2006

Filmmaker Interviews: Kevin Smith

Here's a radio interview with critic Joel Siegel, who's apparently trying to pad his reactionary conservative resume by loudly walking out of a press screening of Kevin Smith's Clerks 2. The interview is with Smith, although Siegel doesn't seem aware...
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Posted by greg at 12:44 PM

July 13, 2006

The Re-Searchers

John Ford would probably be pissed at you if you read this article about him in the UK Independent, but go ahead, it's worth the risk. John Ford: Ford focus [independent.co.uk via rw] There's a 2-disc anniversary edition of The...
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Posted by greg at 10:23 PM

May 19, 2006

The Word I've Heard Bandied About Is "Star-Studded"

And let me put it this way: when you're talking about the films of James Mangold and you see the words "star," "stud," and "special" together that can only mean two possibilities: Joaquin Phoenix or Sylvester Stallone. And if...
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Posted by greg at 4:06 AM

May 16, 2006

"ps - Manalo Blahnik [sic] made the shoes." [except for the Chuck Taylors]

Because I happen to know that she prefers the US spelling, "autarchically," I believe this interview with Sofia Coppola is translated from the French:SC/...I had been interested also by this period myself, the XVIIIth century in France, for quite a...
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Posted by greg at 8:43 AM

May 3, 2006

5/15: Matt Stone & Trey Parker Masterclass at NFT [London, En-guh-land]

After you sit back and digest the delicious hilarity that Mr. Hankey's creators will be appearing as "part of The Stanley Kubrick Masterclass series," peruse the NFT description of the event: In London for this 'Skillset Masterclass', Parker and Stone...
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Posted by greg at 8:54 AM

April 20, 2006

Wonder Showzen Guys Give Onion Interviewer Grief

Nice. If this guy worked for anyplace but The Onion AV Club, he'd have left this interview shaking like a leaf wondering how he's gonna get his story done.JL: My favorite moments are when you see someone lash out at...
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Posted by greg at 12:26 PM

March 21, 2006

Douglas Coupland Interviewed Morrissey

I like interviews with creatives as a way to learn more about their process and to understand better how a work came to be. Interviewing someone can be a chance to learn from someone I admire how he sees the...
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Posted by greg at 11:36 AM

February 22, 2006

"The Left Bank Was Among Us."

JH: What was the germ of the idea for Metropolitan? WS:Like many things it started with annoyance at something Id read in the New York Times...- Josh Horowitz does a phoner with the temporarily Parisian Whit Stillman on the occasion...
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Posted by greg at 4:21 AM

February 15, 2006

Dardenne Bros Interview at NFT

Wow, a fascinating, long interview with the Dardenne Brothers that was presented at the National Film Theatre in London last weekend. They really were a mess when they started out. Geoff Andrew interviews Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne [guardian via kultureflash]...
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Posted by greg at 8:46 AM

February 9, 2006

Mark Romanek On Bubble DVD Commentary?

I find Soderbergh's DVD commentary tracks are consistently entertaining and enlightening. And now that it turns out he has Mark Romanek on with him for the director's commentary of Bubble, I think the question of which format--theater, ppv, or DVD--is...
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Posted by greg at 12:13 PM

January 29, 2006

Soderbergh On Fresh Air Weekend

Steven Soderbergh is on Fresh Air Weekend today, talking about the production and release of Bubble. Check out PublicRadioFan.com to find a live stream of the show on some public radio station or another. [publicradiofan.com] Later, check out the Fresh...
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Posted by greg at 8:27 AM

January 25, 2006

Jim Schamus On Brokeback On Towleroad

Nice. Andy has a very interesting interview with Brokeback Mountain producer and Focus Features co-head Jim Schamus. A lot of talk about the marketing for the film, a little about Larry Miller, not much about the production [perfect, easy, on...
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Posted by greg at 1:25 AM

January 4, 2006

Namaste Helsinki

Doesn't seeing this Nordic Brady Bunch Variety Hour-presents-Grease music video make you dream of what might have been, if only those machers in the Finnish film industry had stayed put, instead of moving en masse to Bombay? "I Wanna...
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Posted by greg at 6:22 AM

December 6, 2005

My Dinner With Robbe-Grillet

Forget Louis Malle, my evening trying to catch up with with peripatetic curator Hans Ulrich Obrist for a few minutes at Art Basel Miami Beach last weekend felt like it was directed by Fellini. Or Scorsese [think After Hours]. Or...
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Posted by greg at 8:35 AM

November 5, 2005

Speculating On The Absence Of Malick

Caryn James acknowledges that talking about Terrence Malick's career involves a lot of speculation--before she proceeds to speculate on his "20 year absence" from filmmaking:Logic and cheap psychology suggest that fear of success or fear of failure might be involved....
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Posted by greg at 11:46 AM

N.Y. Doll Revelations

Stuart, our man in Los Angeles, files this report from a KCRW-sponsored screening of N.Y. Doll last weekend where director Greg Whiteley and his producers Ed Cunningham and Seth Lewis Gordon, discussed making the film:Greg had known Arthur had been...
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Posted by greg at 7:30 AM

October 30, 2005

Nicholson In, On Antonioni

On the occasion of the theatrical re-release of Michelangelo Antonioni's classic film, The Passenger, its owner and star lead actor Jack Nicholson reminisces about working with his mentor. It kills me that this is all we get from a 90...
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Posted by greg at 9:12 AM

October 9, 2005

Buttkissing for Thumbsucking

On the occasion of the UK opening of Mike Mills' Thumbsucker, the Observer (their Observer, that is) gives the nearly aristocratic Tilda Swinton a good, hard, philosophical fawning over:I ask Swinton what were considered virtues in her family. She thinks...
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Posted by greg at 8:49 AM

September 29, 2005

Lots Of Squids In The News This Week

Noah Baumbach's latest film, The Squid And The Whale, gets the full court press this week in the Voice, not surprising since it's full of auteur-y Voice-y hooks (like Baumbach's mother Georgina Brown was a longtime film critic for...
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Posted by greg at 9:33 AM

September 28, 2005

Mike Mills: The Kultureflash Interview

AB: Were you always going to adapt it [Thumbsucker]? MM: No, not at the beginning because I hadn't done it before but quite quickly on I thought, "Wait a second I can't imagine directing something I didn't write. Let me...
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Posted by greg at 10:02 AM

July 16, 2005

Video Artist Guy Ben-Ner on WPS1

Guy Ben-Ner's in the zone these days; his ingenious video, "Elia - a story of an ostrich chick," made like one of those anthropomorphizing Disney nature documentaries from the 50's, is included in PS1's Greater NY show. Now, he's representing...
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Posted by greg at 10:52 AM

July 6, 2005

VV Talks With Hustle & Flow Director Craig Brewer

Memphis's own Brett Ratner mouths off, which, after scoring $9mm for your film that'd been passed over by every studio dawg in town, is just fine."What is interesting is the 'indie blockbuster' idea; that Hollywood's going to buy cheaper movies...
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Posted by greg at 11:20 AM

June 5, 2005

Thelma Schoonmaker on Editing on Fresh Air

I heard different parts of Thelma Schoonmaker's interview twice, and it was pretty great. It makes an impact when someone can be so articulate and lucid about her process; I imagine working with Scorsese will do that to you. The...
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Posted by greg at 9:29 AM

May 17, 2005

Hiroshi Sugimoto: The Kultureflash Interview

Sherman Sam interviews the artist Hiroshi Sugimoto about his London show at Gagosian. Sugimoto's latest works, originally shown at the Fondation Cartier, are photographs of early 20th-century mathematical and mechanical study models from the collection of Tokyo University. Sugimoto provides...
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Posted by greg at 8:54 AM

April 17, 2005

Gimme Sweet, Pre-War Shelter

On the occasion of his cashing out on some serious equity (3,500 sf, Dakota, all orig. woodwork, bought around the time Gimme Shelter came out), Albert Maysles tells the NYT Magazine the first things that pop into his mind:Favorite household...
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Posted by greg at 7:00 AM

April 14, 2005

Marc Forster at MoMA: A Word Association Game

Typing the first thing that comes into my mind: Isabella Rossellini: [gulp] hi Ryan Gosling: unexpectedly wry David Benioff: composed (but watch out, the dude killed off Agamemnon) Will Ferrell's brother: his biggest fan, (but with the unenviable job of...
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Posted by greg at 8:09 AM

April 11, 2005

An Interview With The Sundance Channel's Keira Alexandra

A few weeks ago, the new identity system for The Sundance Channel caught my eye. Built on a string of images and boxes that pulses, tugs, and scrolls leftward off the screen, the system cleanly embodies the idea of a...
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Posted by greg at 6:46 AM

March 29, 2005

Finally figured out what Bjork and Matthew Barney have in common

They're Nos 1 & 2 on my list of "People I never imagined would live in New Jersey, ever." And yet, they do. [via Liz Hoggard's interview with Bjork: "We miss you in London! Do you miss us? Hmm? Cuz...
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Posted by greg at 10:10 AM

March 25, 2005

ReadyMade Interviews Brad Bird

I have to confess [or maybe I don't; just take a look back over the last couple weeks' posts], I've barely had a film-related thought or activity in far too long. It's to the point where I'm actually afraid to...
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Posted by greg at 3:06 AM

February 11, 2005

That Guy From Kottke.org Interviews That Guy From The VW Commercial

Jason interviewed David Bernal, aka Elsewhere, the popping dancer who recreated Gene Kelly's Singin' in The Rain dance scene for a recent British VW GTi commercial: "...they had us watch the original Singing in the Rain scene so many times...
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Posted by greg at 10:34 AM

January 28, 2005

Noah Baumbach on 'The Squid and the Whale'

The writer-director Noah Baumbach, 35, based the film on his own experience of his parents' divorce. He said that he had struggled for years to find his voice as a filmmaker after making Kicking and Screaming in 1995 but...
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Posted by greg at 12:49 PM

January 24, 2005

Quentin who? Uma Who? Now on WPS1

While the entire New York film world was focused on my Reel Roundtable screening of greg.org-as-videoblog January 10th, the Museum of Modern Art, in a moment of magnanimosity, hosted a discussion with the obscure director Quentin Tarantino and one of...
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Posted by greg at 2:12 AM

December 21, 2004

SoHo Filmmakers Report #2: Spike Jonze

I have removed the identifying information from this email, after assuring myself of the writer's veracity. If I can give the entertainment journalism world just one gift this Christmas, it'd be a sharp thunk on the melon of anyone who...
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Posted by greg at 12:55 PM

Tribeca Filmmakers Report #1: Quentin Tarantino

So after playing softball with his own corporate overlords the Weinsteins at a MoMA Q&A last Thursday, Quentin Tarantino chased some skirt on his flight back to LA. Read the dovetailing eyewitness accounts below. [greg.org making wiggling-thumb-and-pinky-as-phone gesture and mouthing...
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Posted by greg at 9:33 AM

December 14, 2004

The Junket Aquatic

Cinecultist Karen is at it again, this time working the crowd of above-the-line talent at the The Life Aquatic junket. No word on the buffet, which I would expect to contain smoked salmon, shrimp cocktail, or some other agua-themed items....
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Posted by greg at 11:31 AM

December 7, 2004

Living The Life Aquatic

The Gothamist Life Aquatic contest is over, and Congratulations! Everyone's a winner. A few people won more than the rest, obviously. And G-mist and Cinecultist's Karen--whose brainchild this publicity coup was--got the big prize, a phone interview with director Wes...
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Posted by greg at 10:21 AM

October 27, 2004

In case the last post wasn't long enough for you...

Gothamist has an excellent interview with Errol Morris about his Switch ads featuring former Bush voters who are now voting for Kerry. Morris talks at length about The Fog of War and its relevance today, his interviewing techniques, and how...
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Posted by greg at 12:45 PM

October 22, 2004

I [Heart] Huckstering

My boy David O. Russell may be shooting negative karma beams at the back of Sharon Waxman's head, but that's not stopping him from spelling "P&A" with a capital "N-Y-T." It feels like those multimedia interstitials for I [Heart] Huckabee's...
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Posted by greg at 10:36 AM

October 18, 2004

greg.org, heck yeah!

Wingnuts on both ends of the political spectrum, it's not about you. So take a chill pill, throw another fat Costco steak on the grill, and read Matt Stone & Trey Parker's interview with Heather Havrilesky in Salon. I so...
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Posted by greg at 8:13 AM

October 14, 2004

Listen to these directors' interviews

Ousmane Sembene on WNYC, of course, which I already posted John Waters on WPS1 [although for my money, no Waters interview is better than this Oct 1998 dicussion of Pecker on Fresh Air, which makes me cry laughing to this...
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Posted by greg at 10:23 AM

October 11, 2004

Ousmane Sembene on WNYC Tomorrow, 10/12

Senegalese master filmmaker Ousmane Sembene is in town to promote his latest film, Moolaad, which screens at the NYFF and opens Friday. The Village Voice's J. Hoberman calls Moolaad "the most richly entertaining movie anyone has ever made on the...
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Posted by greg at 2:00 AM

October 10, 2004

Exclusive: La Mexicaine Le Interview

While the discovery of an underground cinema in the center of Paris has been widely covered, little or no attention has been paid to what the films actually played there. Les Arenes de Chaillot (The Chaillot Arenas) was created...
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Posted by greg at 10:30 AM

September 27, 2004

'Wong Kar Wai," Cantonese for "When it rains,"

Wong Kar Wai Week continues. Remember that "interview" with Wong Kar Wai I just linked to? Turns out it's the Access Hollywood Movie Minute version. The HBO Original Series version--long, convoluted, emotional tumult spread out over the whole thing, lots...
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Posted by greg at 7:30 AM

September 17, 2004

Nice, Short Fresh Air Interview with Richard Kelly

Richard Kelly was on Fresh Air last week to discuss the director's cut of Donnie Darko, which is platforming out into theaters now. Who noted that theatrical re-release is fast becoming a standard marketing element for a remastered or new-version...
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Posted by greg at 2:58 AM

August 25, 2004

An interview with Noi Albinoi director Dagur Kari

The Iceland Review interviews Dagur Kri, whose first film, >Noi the Albino, received wild critical acclaim in countries where it's been released [cough cough, US??] [via TMN] The interview starts: "With his floppy hair, shaggy beard and frumpy red sweater,...
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Posted by greg at 3:01 AM

July 29, 2004

Hey, So Did I

I first came across Jay Rosenblatt's short film in March, as I was surfing across the Silverdocs site, getting ready to submit my own tape. It wasn't just the title, but the combination of title and picture. Rosenblatt was holding...
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Posted by greg at 9:37 AM

July 27, 2004

Spike Jonze, scion of my BUTT

Oy. If I see one more mention of Spike Jonze being the "heir" to "the Spiegel catalogue fortune..." This title is nothing but an artifact of lazy-ass entertainment journalism.[not you, Gawker. I know you're not journalism.] 1. Spike's, aka Adam...
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Posted by greg at 12:41 PM

June 2, 2004

Talk About Lost in Translation...

J. Hoberman interviewed Ghost in the Shell anime director Oshii Mamoru at Cannes, where he screened his latest work, Innocence. As Hoberman reports it, the interview was straight out of the Keanu junket in Lost in Translation, with the director...
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Posted by greg at 12:50 PM

May 13, 2004

"What does he whisper to her at the end?"

It's the most annoying question I kept getting from Lost in Translation fans. Well, now's your chance to find out. Over at Greencine, David's collecting captions for this pic. My choices: "Why'd I write 115 pages if you can...
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Posted by greg at 1:45 AM

March 30, 2004

Souvenir Series, Sofia, and me

In the last couple of weeks, I've decided to shoot a fourth short film, which may be part of the Souvenir Series, or may not. We'll see. It was not in the original outline of the series, and it's out...
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Posted by greg at 12:09 PM

March 29, 2004

ND/NF: Captive by Gaston Biraben

I saw Captive, the debut feature from Gaston Biraben, at New Directors/New Films last night; it's a subtly powerful movie that gripped the sellout audience at MoMA Gramercy. Captive is a fictionalized telling of real events, a surreal, politically charged...
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Posted by greg at 7:17 AM

February 29, 2004

Three for Three

If you want to win, just impart your filmmaking wisdom on greg.org Congratulations to Oscar winners, Independent Spirit Award winners-- and greg.org interviewees--Sofia Coppola and Errol Morris. And don't forget Dany Wolf and Gus Van Sant with their Palme d'Or...
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Posted by greg at 11:40 AM

The Shoes of Errol Morris

Errol Morris, you just won an Oscar and an Indpendent Spirit Award. Where are you going next? "I'm going to Nordstrom! Daddy needs a new pair of shoes." Buy Sperry Top-Sider 'Stripers' like the ones Morris wore to both award...
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Posted by greg at 10:47 AM

February 20, 2004

Learning at Errol Morris's Knee

Last week, in the Sony Classics offices on Madison Avenue, I sat down to talk with Errol Morris, whose current documentary, The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara, was nominated for an Academy Award....
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Posted by greg at 12:03 PM

February 6, 2004

The Fog of War Re-enactors

[via NYT] They're putting the band back together, Elroy. For the first time since The Fog of War was nominated for the Best Documentary Feature Academy Award, Robert McNamara and Errol Morris took their show on the road. They...
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Posted by greg at 9:47 AM

January 29, 2004

Phrancis Phord Coppola's Ophspring

From Yahoo News coverage of the Golden Globes[note: annoyingly slippery link]: Director Sophia Coppola holds her award after winning Best Screenplay for a motion picture for her wok on the film 'Lost In Translation' during the 61st annual Golden...
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Posted by greg at 9:00 AM

January 26, 2004

FLASH: Pretend-journalists love Sofia Coppola

As you can see by my interview with her last year. On the subject of pretend-journalists, Lost in Translation beat out indie underdog Finding Nemo for best comedy/musical at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globes last night. The 80-page...
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Posted by greg at 8:45 AM

January 24, 2004

My Yogurt with Gus

On the occasion of Elephant's release in the UK, Simon Hattenstone goes on a publicity pilgrimage to Oregon to interview Gus Van Sant for the Guardian. Gus sends him for coffee before buzzing him up, and later serves him blueberry...
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Posted by greg at 4:31 AM

January 14, 2004

Mike Mills, How did you get your f*&%ing awesome job?

[via TMN] Considering the number Google searches I still get for Mike Mills, two years after I posted about his Jack Spade-sponsored documentary, Paperboys, and considering how tight Spike, Sofia, Roman and I have become since then, I should be...
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Posted by greg at 9:44 AM

December 16, 2003

Filmmaking Interviews of Note

Vadim Perelman, first-time director of House of Sand and Fog, whose tantrums made many people angry in Hollywood (this is news? at least his were entertaining, as are his accounts: ""So I go to his [Harvey Weinstein's] suite at the...
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Posted by greg at 7:49 AM

December 10, 2003

Gus Van Sant's Go-to Guy

Gus Van Sant, Elias McConnell, and Dany Wolf at Cannes 2003, image: festival-cannes.com There he is, scorched in Death Valley and on the Saltflats of Utah; in a mold-closed school with a barebones crew on scooters; and on the...
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Posted by greg at 3:59 AM

November 21, 2003

Factchecking Sofia Coppola

While I was being protective of her, Sofia was opening up to me, revealing that her inspiration for the Suntory whiskey commercials in Lost in Translation was a photo of her father Francis and the emperor of Japanese cinema,...
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Posted by greg at 9:39 AM

September 25, 2003

The Suntory Commercials of Akira Kurosawa

Nothing wrong with bigname film folks making commercials. Errol Morris (whose The Fog of War I just saw and will write about soon) directed the Apple Switch ads. Swedish master Ingmar Bergman made some cake by selling cakes of...
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Posted by greg at 8:01 AM

August 31, 2003

Interviewing Sofia Coppola about Lost in Translation

Last Sunday, on the occasion of the impending release of her new film, Lost in Translation, I joined a couple of journalists in a group interview with Sofia Coppola. The interview took place in New York City at the end...
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Posted by greg at 10:43 AM

July 17, 2003

On interviewing film people

On MovieCityNews: Leonard Klady shares some insights and some great war stories about interviewing directors and actors, a useful (and timely) resource as I prepare for some upcoming junkets. [thanks, GreenCine, and for the mention, too.] Related posts: post-game post...
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Posted by greg at 5:29 AM

June 3, 2003

Behind the scenes with The Road to Europe director, Christoffer Guldbrandsen: a greg.org exclusive

Hearing a story on the wide-ranging political turmoil which followed The Road to Europe, a documentary on the Danish prime minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, I wanted to know more; but the reports I found still left me unsatisfied. Deutsche-Welle, The...
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Posted by greg at 12:32 PM