Haskell Wexler: An Insider Outlier

    Haskell Wexler

    Haskell Wexler wore many guises — impassioned documentarian, commercial Hollywood cinematographer, director of television commercials, political and social activist, and outspoken institutional (even union) contrarian — but to me he was an exemplar of how to live your life. His work, his social and moral values, and his sense of a meaningful artistic life were not separate parts of his being, but flowed into and through each other in a rich mix.

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    11/23/2015

    Markus Brunetti: Ecclesiastical Façades

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    Standing before a 10’-tall high-resolution photographic work by Markus Brunetti of a centuries-old European church is a familiar yet disquieting experience — familiar if you’ve been lucky enough to see the church in person, and disquieting because you have never, in fact, seen it look quite like this.

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    11/9/2015

    Lulu Seduces Kentridge at the Met

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    South African printmaker/film-animation artist William Kentridge enjoys a foray into the madness of grand opera every five years or so. His complex production of Lulu at the Metropolitan Opera will play in theaters Nov. 21.

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    10/26/2015

    ‘Trick of the Light’: The Hollywood Pioneers

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    In 1980, Thames TV broadcast a 13-part history of Hollywood silent movies titled Hollywood. It was written, produced and directed by David Gill and Kevin Brownlow. Since the publication in 1968 of Brownlow’s first book, The Parade’s Gone By, a lavishly illustrated account of the pioneers of silent cinema, Brownlow has been the veritable point man on the era.

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