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PHOTOGRAPHY LaQuann Dawson As an occasional interviewer for the magazine Modern Painters, David Bowie expressed an intense interest in the process of artists—what inspired them; what they were trying to explore; above all, he wanted to learn how they became artists. David Bowie Is, an exhibit celebrating the life and work of the renowned music legend, opened at the Brooklyn Museum two weeks ago. Like the icon it is dedicated to, the exhibit has been created...
Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (1987) Directed by Éric Rohmer “Adventures” may be a bit of a misnomer here; in Rohmer’s four-part film, teenage girls Reinette and Mirabelle embark on the kinds of “adventures” that are more about navigating life’s mundane situations, from rude waiters to loud trucks disrupting rural idyll. It’s Rohmer’s peppering of subtle humor and his careful study of character—focusing his lens on two girls from different backgrounds (Reinette from the...
The advent of digital music may have caused album cover art—you know, the little thumbnail next to the song you’re listening to on iTunes or on Spotify—to become somewhat de-emphasized these days, but that doesn’t mean it’s a lost art altogether. Believe it or not, most bands still spend quite a bit of time crafting a look and feel for their records as an extension of the musical and lyrical themes of their latest...
Days of Being Wild (1990) Directed by Wong Kar-wai Even more than most Wong films, Days of Being Wild is a film of languor. With its scattered characters, near-absence of narrative, and staccato rhythm (long stretches of hushed conversation punctuated by violent outbursts), the movie achingly embodies a particular state of ennui in 1960s Hong Kong, as men and women listlessly weave in and out of relationships. Wong weaves a tangled, mesmerizing web out of...

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