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Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Michael Haneke's production of Così fan tutte opened in March 2013 at Teatro Real in Madrid. The set by Christopher Kanter and costumes by Moidele Bickel mingled the spirit of Watteau with the spirit of Armani, a mixture that managed to look simultaneously inevitable and sinister.

Haneke invented a new relationship for Don Alfronso and Despina (William Shimell and Kerstin Avemo) as an embittered couple of the older generation in silvery satins of the Ancien Regime. In a filmed interview, Haneke compared the Watteau couple to George and Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, playing "get the guest" against the two naive younger couples.  

Production photos by Javier del Real.

Monday, October 20, 2014


Recent work on denim by Galician artist Rubén Grilo (b. 1981).

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Art of Painting

Koen Van Den Broek

Jerry Galle

Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Durle, Belgium recently held its Biennale of the Art of Painting. From among the artists showing, these were among my favorites.

Martin Barré

Ermias Kifleyesus

Robert Ryman

Phillipe Vandenberg

Richard Aldrich

Jack Whitten

Niele Toroni

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Albers' Dunce

In the late 1940s Robert Rauschenberg was briefly the student of Josef Albers at Black Mountain College. “I was Albers’ dunce, the outstanding example of what he was not talking about," said Rauschenberg. “He was a beautiful teacher and an impossible person.”

Rauschenberg's work shows up all the time on this forever-rolling screen. Appearances by Albers are rare. 

Self portrait at Black Mountain College

Friday, October 17, 2014

Half Dozen

Everybody knows the squares of color juxtaposition left behind by artist and teacher Josef Albers (1888-1976)  but he died such a surprisingly long time ago now (a tendency imitated by many one-time masters of modernism) that his characteristic template has become a sort of trademark. Blandness threatens it. All the same, few artifacts in this man-made world maintain such mint-condition freshness after an entire century of being stared at and explicated.