You need only glance at reproductions of North Korean propaganda art, and you'll have an idea of what painter Song Byeok's work is all about. The painter, who defected after a devastating famine struck the Hermit Kingdom during the 1990s, once painted the ubiquitous socialist-realist images of heroic North Korean workers that are mandatory in [...]
Posts Tagged ‘goethe-institut’
If you don’t get out of the District much, you might not have visited Columbia Pike, a Virginia state highway known especially for its commercial heart in South Arlington. That strip has long been a multicultural hotbed, but recently, it’s begun to transform into something like Clarendon Part Deux. So for about the last five years, [...]
The problem with collectives is there’s always a weak link. For every RZA and Ghostface Killah there’s a U-God and Masta Killa. But the hip-hop group Doomtree avoids this conundrum: While P.O.S. is the group’s star, nobody dives for the fast-forward when Dessa, Sims, Cecil Otter, or Mike Mictlan steps to the mic. Doomtree’s punk-infused [...]
Once upon a time, the airline map was divided up just like a political map: Germans had their Lufthansa, Brazilians their Varig, and every emerging postcolonial nation-state its own Cameroon Airlines or Biman Bangladesh to fly the new flag around the world. Only Americans, with our cacophony of private carriers, stood out. But today, the [...]
This year’s installment of "Gute Aussichten"—an annual selection of new German photography—features seven artists. The theme is “editing,” though it’s not always clear how each artist hews to it. Sara-Lena Maierhofer creates a psychodocumentary of a compelling subject—Clark Rockefeller, the German-born impostor and accused murderer—but the series provides insufficient context for nonexperts to fully understand [...]
Is there anything worth recommending tonight? Well, yes. But pickins are slim. Goethe-Institut has Egomania – Island Without Hope, a 1986 German melodrama in which a romance threatens to unravel a Baltic island's carefully cultivated bleakness. No seriously. $6:30 p.m. $4-$7.
And, I dunno, maybe you're feeling devious or weak-willed. Riot Act Comedy Theater has a [...]
Sometimes an exhibit is great in its entirety; sometimes one particular piece rises well above the rest of the exhibit. The images below fall into the latter category. Together, they constitute the 10 best photographic images of 2011, at least in this reviewer's opinion.
1. Harry Callahan, “Telephone Wires,” National Gallery of Art. The National Gallery [...]
The three photographers showing jointly at the Goethe-Institut—Iris Janke of Germany and Kaitlin Jencso and Sara J. Winston of the United States—intend their works to be a “dialogue on a common topic: self-identity.” Each does indeed present a deeply personal vision, but in combination, their offerings are uneven. Winston provides depressing visions of disorder—matted hair [...]
The last time America was in an economic depression, a vibrant chunk of the era’s popular culture involved folk music about heroic left-wing martyrs. Alas, it’s not quite the same this time. If it was, Lady Gaga might be celebrating the legacy of Joe Hill, the Industrial Workers of the World organizer executed by a [...]
In her photography, Friederike Brandenburg seeks out “isolated traces of civilization in places otherwise presumed to represent a pristine, untouched state of nature.” It’s hardly a new theme, meandering over more than a century from Carleton Watkins to Edward Burtynsky, and that presents a high bar for Brandenburg—one she meets only sporadically.
It’s not all that [...]