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Calendar, Night&Day Abstracted Realism

Abstracted Realism

The job of the artist is to deepen the mystery, said Francis Bacon. By this standard, Travis Collinson’s paintings and drawings put us on the ocean floor. He juxtaposes near-photorealistic rendering, cartoonlike exaggeration, and bright color with areas of dull,…
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Calendar, Night&Day What Isn't Art?

What Isn't Art?

Tom Marioni's signature artwork, "Free Beer: The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends Is the Highest Form of Art," pisses some people off. Their fury is partly understandable: The original installation involved the artist and his friends getting drunk in…
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Culture, Art Freeze Frame

Freeze Frame

Every few decades, painting dies. Thankfully, painters are a resourceful bunch. With the advent of photography in the late 1800s, they abandoned verisimilitude for abstraction. When abstraction ended up in a cul-de-sac lined with plain white squares, they turned to…
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Film, Shock Treatment

Shock Treatment

Come this time next year, The Jacket may well occupy the slot in movie discourse that Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind does now -- that of the film that coulda-shoulda-woulda gotten more Oscar nominations if only it hadn't come…
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Culture, Stage As She  Likes It

As She Likes It

Shakespeare was an uneducated glover's son, from a provincial village, who left no firm evidence that he went to any sort of school. The only real proof that he wielded a pen with his own hand consists of six signatures…
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Film,

Tribute to Sir Derek Jacobi

Sir Derek Jacobi is the least pretentious knight you're likely to encounter. Although he has a reputation as one of the great actors of the English stage, he's best known stateside as the major player in I, Claudius, the popular…
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Recordings

Various Artists Working Man (Magna Carta) Over a holiday family dinner, my older brother -- a computer engineer specializing in a field that eludes my comprehension -- sought to be my pal. "I saw the worst band open for Rush!"…
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