Sunday, November 29, 2015


By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton
"The Annunciation" (1946) by Romare Bearden. Oil on canvas
"Advent" begins today with four weeks of being "pregnant" with anticipation, but as Santa dominates, we tend to focus more on finishing than waiting. In response, this year we're rebelling by spending the next 26-days before Christmas, known as "Advent," both fasting and praying to prepare for the next liturgical year to begin. Each religion has its reasons for "fasting," whether Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, or Jewish. Ours is about waiting for Christ's birth, and that makes the soon to be auctioned "Annunciation" (above) by Romare Bearden our NEWS OF WEEK.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Movie Review: ‘Victor Frankenstein’ recasts the God vs. science tale as buddy movie

By Manohla DargisS
HOLLYWOOD---You cannot keep a good monster down, especially when there’s franchise money to be made. This doubtless explains “Victor Frankenstein,” a pop romp that exhumes Mary Shelley’s famous monster-maker for a jaunty bromance with his bestie, Igor. Thin as a halfpenny, “Victor Frankenstein” has nothing to offer on science and the mysteries of creation, but it does reaffirm the grip that Shelley’s story retains on the imagination, no matter how far afield it’s taken. It’s vaguely cute, even if, despite the floating eyes and other attractions, the detective who tries to ruin Victor’s party can’t help turning your thoughts from Shelley to Doyle. [link]

Movie Review: ‘The Danish Girl,’ about a Transgender pioneer

By A.O. Scott
Eddie Redmayne, left, and Alicia Vikander in “The Danish Girl.” Credit Agatha A. Nitecka/Focus Features
HOLLYWOOD---“The Danish Girl,” Tom Hooper’s new film, is a story of individual struggle that is also a portrait of a marriage. When we first encounter Gerda and Einar Wegener, played by Alicia Vikander and Eddie Redmayne, they seem perfectly matched. Both are painters, living amid the soft colors and sea air of Copenhagen in 1926. What begins as an experiment and a bit of a game — dressing as a woman for the Copenhagen artist’s ball, wearing one of Gerda’s camisoles under his clothes — becomes an existential transformation. [link]

New media artist Lu Yang on neuroscience, mortality and religion.

By Amy Qin
"Lu Yang Delusional Mandala," Ms. Lu's recent solo exhibition at Beijing Commune, included a video (pictured), crystal sculptures and an installation to simulate a "delusion" in which Ms. Lu destroys her own body and work. Credit Beijing Commune
HOLLYWOOD---While the new media artist Lu Yang was studying at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou in the 2000s, she drew up a series of works dealing with mind control. Many were deemed too sensitive, even borderline unethical, and remain unrealized. But with the help of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum in Japan, Ms. Lu was able to obtain dead frogs that had been used in a medical dissection to produce one of the works. Since graduating in 2010, the Shanghai-born Ms. Lu, 30, has produced a series of boundary-pushing multimedia works that explore neuroscience, mortality and religion. [link]

Former Jewish temple now seeing success as art space in Curtis Park

By Joe Vaccarelli
Thomas Evans works on a painting of Peyton Manning in his studio space at Temple Art Space in Denver on Nov. 11, 2015. (Seth McConnell, Your Hub)
COLORADO---All Adam Gordon had about 18 months ago was ownership of an old Jewish temple in disrepair and a big idea for a social venture. Now, he is running a renovated building called the Temple, equipped with art-making spaces and a home for several small businesses that promote either artists or creative fields. The building will be full next month when the Temple Bakery opens up on the ground floor of the nearly 130-year-old building in Denver's Five Points neighborhood. [link]