Tag: Art

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In Praise of Cultural Appropriation

This article is about the accusation of “cultural appropriation” being thrown around at works of art. I may not be entitled to write this.

1977, Music

The Idiot (1977) by Iggy Pop

Recorded before Low but released afterwards, The Idiot feels in many ways like the missing link between “The Berlin Trilogy” and Station to Station. Though it’s Iggy’s solo debut, it is the least Iggy Pop album he recorded, as far as I know. I do think the criticism that Bowie hijacked Iggy for his own …

2009, Movies

Boogie Woogie (2009, Duncan Ward)

This is a reasonably amusing, reasonably on satire of the London art world which could well be called the Short Cuts of art world movies – at least it aspires to be that. There’s an All Star cast, there are lots of inter-cut stories, there’s a fairly ruthless attitude towards many of the characters. Not …

2012, Movies

Beauty is Embarrassing (2012, Neil Berkeley)

This is an engaging, entertaining and occasionally thought-provoking documentary about the animator, puppeteer and pop artist Wayne White, in part inspired by his one-man show (much like Swimming to Cambodia). I was not familiar with White’s work beyond his contributions to Pee Wee’s Playhouse and some music videos (and, of course, I didn’t know who …

2009, Movies

The Art of the Steal (2009, Don Argott)

This is a great documentary about a private art collection that I had never heard of but that is larger than most museum’s and is one of the largest art collections in the world. The documentary is very much on one side, but it’s told in a True Crime style that really makes you enraged …

2014, Movies

Art and Craft (2014, Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, Mark Becker)

This is a crazy story about a mentally handicapped man who is one of the greatest art forgers in US history, how he was exposed and, eventually accepted, if not outright celebrated. (Why was he never brought to justice? Well, I guess you’ll just have to watch the movie.) It’s an incredible story and Mark …

2012, Movies

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012, Alison Klayman)

I had no idea who Ai Weiwei was until I saw his show at the AGO maybe two years ago. I can’t say I’m up on contemporary art but I was really impressed at both the ballsiness and the variety of his work. This film is more about his role as a political dissident in …