“Art is never chaste,” said Pablo Picasso. “Art is dangerous.” One of the 20th century’s greatest painters was born in Málaga, Spain, but Jonathan Jones argues he came into his own amid the sleaze and bohemianism of Paris – the only city that could have matched his peerless imagination.
Lucifer Rising: God of Light and Color in Experimental Film
J. G. Ballard: Atrocity Exhibition and the Modernist Motorcar Dystopia
“The Atrocity Exhibition” is J.G. Ballard’s instruction manual in how to disrupt mass media and recontextualize technology in a dystopian landscape overrun with industrial waste and technological white noise. Watch the piece on Ballard and the Motorcar, that careens across the landscape of his controversial novel, “Crash.”
Francis Bacon About Town: Surrealist Painter, Worth Multi-Millions
Francis Bacon, Irish born British painter, whose work recently auctioned for a record $142 million, in his own words in a 1985 documentary for British television, gambling, drinking, and talking about his influences.
B. Traven’s “Macario” – Magical Realist Journey on Day of the Dead
The Mexican film Macario (1960) weaves a tale of magical realism – with special appearances by God, the Devil and Death. It all begins on the Day of the Dead, when a campesino named Macario goes on a hunger strike. B. Traven, the mysterious German writer exiled in Mexico, wrote the story, inspired from indigenous folk tales.
Foreshadows of Ghosts – The Landscapes of Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thai independent filmmaker, created an extraordinary experience, vision, dream, meditation with “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.”