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A Master Goes From Brash to Brooding

Exhibitions in Boston and Dallas reveal how Goya’s showy youthful works evolved into dark, moody ones later in his career.<p>Goya: Order and Disorder<p>Museum of Fine Arts<p>Through Jan. 19, 2015<p>No artist captured the dark side of human nature with greater lucidity than the Spanish painter, printmaker and …

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Waxing Surreal

From a dismembered leg to a human-sized cigar, Robert Gober’s work is certainly indebted to Surrealists—but is it worth a trip to MoMA?<p>Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor<p>Museum of Modern Art<p>Through Jan. 18, 2015<p>New York<p>Few contemporary artists can rankle and befuddle viewers as...

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Cold Specks’ Arresting Mix

“Neuroplasticity” (Mute), Cold Specks’ latest album, is full of bold, insistent music that draws on genres ranging from punk and free jazz to folk and soul.<p>Los Angeles<p>On her two albums, including this year’s “Neuroplasticity” (Mute), Cold Specks delivers contemporary rock that either arrives with …

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Notable & Quotable

A type of yellow paint is causing masterpieces to disappear.<p>From “Science and Art Meet, Unveiling Mystery and Cultural Tragedy” by Joel N. Shurkin in the Nov. 20 edition of Inside Science:<p>Many paintings are deteriorating and the villain, the scientists have discovered, is a paint made with cadmium …

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Hollywood’s Winter Oscar Push

During the holidays, Hollywood studios want to position their films for Academy Award consideration. But the glut can be like a pile of gifts for moviegoers, a challenge to unwrap everything at once<p>Maybe this is why they call it Tinseltown. Every year, Hollywood studios put up sparkling glitter for …

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A 'Boyhood' vs. 'Birdman' Oscar showdown is taking shape already

LOS ANGELES — It's early, but there is now a tangible Oscar wind beneath the wings of <i>Birdman</i>, with <i>Boyhood</i> right on its tail.<p>The Independent Spirit …

It's a True Story.

The frontrunner is here, according to our calculations.<p><b>The awards season is now upon us,</b> and yet here at the end of November, there are few films that look like sure bets. To be sure, David Fincher's <i>Gone Girl</i> is generally admired (if hardly adored) and racked up box-office receipts, and Richard …

2015 Oscar Predictions: Best Original Screenplay

<i>Indiewire will provide updates of our predictions for the<br>87th Academy Awards through February 22nd, when the winners are announced.</i><p>“Birdman” and …

50 Groundbreaking Female Film Artists We’re Thankful For

Too often, women occupy under-appreciated roles in Hollywood, bolstering a system that either takes them for granted or doesn’t celebrate them like …

Palm Springs Film Fest: Richard Linklater to Receive Visionary Award for 'Boyhood'

Past recipients of the award include Oscar-winning filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino and Michel Hazanavicius<p><i>Boyhood</i> …

Tabitha Jackson Shifts Sundance Institute's Documentary Focus Towards Aesthetics | Doc Soup | POV Blog | PBS

American documentary folks, meet Tabitha Jackson.<p>Jackson is the relatively new director of the documentary program at the Sundance Institute, a …

Giacometti's Sculptures: Existentialist Mascots or Wall Street Icons?

“He was the first one to take it into his head to sculpt man as he appears, that is to say, from a distance,” wrote Jean-Paul Sartre in a 1948 essay about Alberto Giacometti. Sartre was the most famous philosopher of his era, the leading spokesman for Existentialism when Existentialism was …

Artist Figured Out How To Control Water With Her Mind

An EEG, a few speakers, and some metal plates filled with water compose the artist's brain wave-bending installations.<p><b>This article was published on November 20, 2014, but we think it still rocks!</b><p>Brain power takes on a literal meaning when it comes to EEG painting, mind-responsive furniture, and the …

Leonardo’s Brain: What a Posthumous Brain Scan Six Centuries Later Reveals about the Source of Da Vinci’s Creativity

One September day in 2008, <b>Leonard Shlain</b> found himself having trouble buttoning his shirt with his right hand. He was admitted into the emergency room, diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer, and given nine months to live. Shlain — a surgeon by training and a self-described “synthesizer by nature” …

Jeff Koons “Hulk Elvis” Exhibition at Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong Recap

“These transponders are art objects, and the viewers bring their own lenses. The art is inside the<p>“These transponders are art objects, and the …

France's Pompidou opens Jeff Koons retrospective

PARIS (AP) — Paris' Pompidou Center inaugurated a major retrospective Tuesday of U.S. artist Jeff Koons, the polemical 59-year-old master of kitsch, …

Museums and Cathedrals: In Art, We Trust

Every time I go to London, I spend a disproportionate amount of time at its National Gallery. Not out of a sense of obligation, but out of sheer love and amazement for all its art treasures. You name it, it's there -- all my Art Gods: Leonardo, Rembrandt, Vermeer...<p>The new documentary by Frederick …

Ultra Conservative Christian Lady Goes To Museum, Tries To Debunk Evolution, Fails Beyond Miserably

This is a video of ultra conservative Christian Megan Fox (not that Megan Fox, trust me) taking a trip to the Field Museum of Natural History in …

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam: a new perspective on the Dutch artist

The Van Gogh Museum in <b>Amsterdam</b>, which has by far the world’s most important collection of the artist's works, and the second biggest tourist attraction in the city, has unveiled a radical new redesign.<p>Until now, almost 100 paintings by the Dutch artist were all displayed on the first floor of the …

The Surreal World

In 1984, Dominique de Menil staged an enormous exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris, offering art lovers, for the first time, an in-depth look at the vast collection she and her husband, John, had assembled. The more than 600 works on view ranged from a paleolithic bone carving dating from …

Bjarne Melgaard: Brink of Hysteria

Bjarne Melgaard goes wherever his curiosity takes him, taboos and niceties be damned. For the 2014 Whitney Biennial, he contributed a room-size loungepopulated with sex dolls and furnished with sofas alongside sculptures of deranged faces; YouTube videos of fighting bears and dogs flickered on the …

There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

Remember the Pregnant Man? The black and white advertisement for the Family Planning Association featured a man cradling his swollen belly and the …

Frickin’ Laser Beams Run by Eyeballs: The Next Art Revolution Is Here

Digital birds that peck you to pieces, a disabled graffiti master who works by brainwaves. A London exhibition shows it’s coding, not paint or ink, …

Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

Riding a new wave of feminism driven by an unlikely mix of commerce and online discourse, the British feminist doesn’t give a damn if you like her …