Jonas Mekas has died aged 96. In this 2017 interview, Gaby Wood spoke to the filmmaker and photographer about his life's work In November 1970 Jonas Mekas – experimental filmmaker, poet, movie critic, and linchpin of the downtown New York art scene – gave a Super 8 camera to Jackie Kennedy and her children. Kennedy had much admired Mekas’s groundbreaking diary-film Walden (1969), in which impressionistic fragments were threaded together with intertitles to compose a personal portrait of New York. Mekas sent the camera to the Kennedys with a “home movie textbook” for Caroline and John, then aged 13 and 10. “Exercises in Time,” the first chapter read. “1. a) Shoot a tree in wind, for ten seconds,... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one … [Read more...] about From Jackie Kennedy to John and Yoko: Jonas Mekas looks back on a life in pictures
2 Art is always a matter of taste. Some visitors, no doubt, will find Bill Viola / Michelangelo: Life, Death, Rebirth – the Royal Academy’s first significant exhibition of video art – profoundly moving. If so, I’d like to meet them. Because I’m not sure I’ve ever encountered such a preachy, pompous show. We sense what’s coming upon hearing the exhibition’s premise. Thirteen years ago, the New York-born video artist Bill Viola – known for his stately, “sacred” video installations, often featuring angel-like figures or “messengers” tumbling, in slow-motion, through darkened pools of water – visited Windsor Castle, to study the Queen’s Renaissance drawings. He was especially eager to see Leonardo... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then … [Read more...] about Bill Viola / Michelangelo, RA, review: has there ever been a more preachy, pompous show?
4 Tate could hardly have happened on a better moment – the middle of the winter’s coldest snap so far – to open an exhibition that throws windows and doors open on to sun-drenched gardens, lingering over languorous lunches that no one seems in any hurry to clear away – the work of an artist for whom even taking a bath becomes a sultry, meditative activity. Capturing a quintessentially French, middle-class world engaged in apparently permanent leisure, Pierre Bonnard seems, at first, almost too easy to like: his shimmering, iridescent surfaces too pretty for their own good. But from the start of this, his biggest British exhibition in 20 years, The Colour of Memory, which brings together 100 works... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access one Premium … [Read more...] about Pierre Bonnard, Tate Modern, review: colour elevates the ordinary into the sublime
Sixty years before smartphones and Instagram, artists were using Polaroid cameras to take selfies or capture on-the-spot impressions from life that they could later incorporate into their art. Now those prints, considered no more than documentation at the time, can fetch serious amounts of money as works of art in their own right. The first self-developing camera was made by Polaroid in 1948. By the late Seventies, the Polaroid Corporation was selling one billion dollars worth of cameras a year. One of those fascinated by the technology was Andy Warhol, whose Polaroid photographs are the subject of an exhibition at Bastian, a new gallery opening in London next week. Warhol was drawn to mechanical devices. “Machines have less problems,” he said, in a 1963 interview. “I’d like to be a machine. Wouldn’t you?” At first, he used newspaper photographs as source material for his paintings. He then began making his own with a camera that he … [Read more...] about Andy Warhol Polaroid Pictures: the debut exhibition at new gallery Bastian London
Mesmerizing artwork on the streets of Polevskoi city not far from Yekaterinburg honors local history in an ultra-realistic fashion. Three-dimensional graffiti has appeared all around the Ural city of Polevskoi, not far from Yekaterinburg (1,645 km east of Moscow). Street art group Spektr has sprayed its artwork, which is influenced by artifacts from local museums, onto ordinary buildings. Each painting is accompanied by a written story because the artists want to give locals the opportunity to learn more about their history. According to Spektr, the city’s museums possess loads of interesting artifacts with backstories which are no less exciting than the fictional worlds of Harry Potter and Lord of Rings. Read more: 6 ancient and mysterious places near Yekaterinburg If using any of Russia Beyond's content, partly or in full, always provide an active hyperlink to the original material. … [Read more...] about This 3D graffiti art will play tricks on your mind (PHOTOS)