Retail Art

September 19, 2008

Next Wednesday, at Sotheby’s New York, there is a sale of “American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture“.   275 lots of very worthy material.  But in contrast to the recent Contemporary Art sales, this is art at the retail level.  For example:

… “Building” by Adolf Konrad, beautifully and creatively designed, has a pre-sales estimate of only $5-7,000.

An interesting collection, but not much that I am mad about.

Burn After Reading

September 19, 2008

Burn after reading is what you ought to do for every critic’s column that has damned the new Coen Brothers’ masterpiece with faint praise.

This is sublime movie-making at every level — writing, directing, casting, shooting — providing multiple treats for eye and brain.   “Burn AfterReading” has all the delight, wit and insight of early Woody Allen combined with the mature mid-career brilliance of Joel and Ethan Coen’s filmmaking.   In no other medium could so many plot lines be hung together so brilliantly in such a short span of time.

Bravo to the superb cast; and perhaps most of all to Brad Pitt who allowed himself to play a dorky character with such pizazz and joy.

It is amazing what a deep seated desire for plastic surgery can do!