Artist Eric Fischl on His Memoir Bad Boy, His Rivalry with Julian Schnabel, Gallerist Larry Gagosian, and the Lack of Great Art Today
By Jesse Ashlock
The painter Eric Fischl, part of the generation of New York City artists that exploded in the eighties, became a star for his figurative canvases rife with tense, psychosexual imagery. His aptly titled new memoir, Bad Boy (Random House, $26), traces his life from his mother's alcoholism and suicide to his education at CalArts alongside fellow trailblazers David Salle and Ross Bleckner, and from the glory days of SoHo to his mature work. Here, the 65-year-old legend opens up about looking back.
The first French retrospective devoted to the work of the subversive American artist Mike Kelley opens today at the Centre Pompidou. Born in Detroit in 1954, Kelley died from an apparent suicide in January 2012, leaving behind a complex, protean and disturbing oeuvre, drawing upon both high culture and popular culture. After a first stop at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, this exceptional retrospective, designed in collaboration with the Mike Kelley Foundation for Arts, will next be presented at New York’s PS1 and the Los Angeles MoCA.
For anyone feeling burnt out by the increasingly self-referential Marvel superhero movies of the past few years, Iron Man 3 will come as a surprise: a stand-alone story that feels a part of the ongoing “Avengers” plot in spirit but requires no extensive knowledge of the Marvel universe and only passing familiarity with the rest of the series. As directed by series newcomer Shane Black (known for writing Lethal Weapon and Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr.’s cult favourite Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), it’s arguably the strongest Iron Man yet.
It also features another standout performance from Don Cheadle as Col. James Rhodes / War Machine (rechristened “The Iron Patriot” in this film by his government handlers), a superhero whose sense of loyalty and cooperative nature put him at odds with the more independent, self-obsessed Tony Stark / Iron Man. We joined a recent press junket for the movie to find out what fans can expect from Rhodes and the movie as a whole.
Wadada Leo Smith's career as a creative musician spans more than forty years. The trumpeter/composer's myriad accomplishments have been well-documented, particularly recently, as his recoding and performance career have undergone a marked renaissance, the success of which has shown a spotlight not only on his recent undertakings, but also inspired a reexamination of his past works.
As an early contributor to the development of the free music revolution, Smith was an early member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), an integral force in the development of the free music movement. Since his early works where he helped redefine the contours of improvisational jazz, Smith has been exploring the outer and inner frontiers of improvisational music and composition via a numerous ensembles, projects, and theoretical writings. He has developed a unique musical notation system and has held formal teaching positions at the University of New Haven (1975-'76), the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY (1975-'78), and Bard College (1987-'93) and The Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts.
The 47 finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Student Academy Awards competition were announced Wednesday.
Thirty-eight students from 17 U.S. colleges and universities as well as nine students from foreign universities have been selected.
The winners will come to Los Angeles for a week of industry activities that will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Student Academy Awards were established in 1972. Previous winners include John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker and Spike Lee. Read more.
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of artist Channa Horwitz. Channa passed away on Monday afternoon, April 29th, in Los Angeles. Her last few days were spent with friends and family, and she was at peace.
Channa Horwitz was born in 1932 and received a B.F.A. from CalArts in 1972. Working for over 50 years, Channa only realized in these past few years a professional success that had sometimes eluded her. From inclusion in exhibitions at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the New Museum in New York, she was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Only a few months ago, she had been announced as a participant in the upcoming Venice Biennale. Read More.
Jazz Journalists Association Announces Jazz Awards
Veteran saxophonist Wayne Shorter, longtime creative music trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, and newcomer Ryan Truesdell were top winners of the 2013 Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards announced today online at their website.
Wayne Shorter, who emerged in the 1960s as a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis’ “second great quintet” besides his own classic albums on Blue Note Records and long collaboration in Weather Report, won the Award for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz and for Soprano Saxophonist of the Year. The Wayne Shorter Quartet featuring pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade was named Best Small Ensemble.
Wadada Leo Smith, born in Arkansas, steeped in the blues but also an early member of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and now a professor at California Institute for the Arts, was named Jazz Musician of the Year and Trumpeter of the Year, partly in recognition of his acclaimed album Ten Freedom Summers. Read More.
On a warm L.A. night, a large group has gathered in an Arts District loft to listen to Lewis Keller coax unconventional sounds from his electric guitar. To do so, he uses a variety of tools: a tuning fork, an electric fan, and a Walkman cassette player. These are just a few of the items that invoke buzzes, whirs, and crackles. The atmosphere is intimate, but not stifling. Far from it -- Keller is sitting on the floor, and the audience is loosely assembled in the open space: some sit on a comfortable couch, some in folding chairs; others stand, or sit on the floor, all seemingly absorbed by the broad range of sounds emanating from the amplifier.
This surprisingly relaxed-but-serious concert setting is par for the course at the wulf., a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting experimental music and arts. Comfort is actually part of the point. Co-founder Michael Winter explains that the wulf. is a place where people can "listen on their own terms" and also leave behind the formalities often associated with concert attendance. Arriving late? No problem. Not interested in the music and want to leave? That's okay too. Read More.
Melanie Atwater’s 3rd year CalArts film playfully tackles the topic of the leering, horny male, otherwise known as ‘the internet.’ The Flash-animated short, titled Moon Goddess, finds a drooling lurker at the edge of the Moon Goddesses’ bathing lake. We’ll let Melanie take it from there…Read More.