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    James Franco New Film Still #42 2013

    Richard Prince All The Best 2007

    The funny thing about Franco is that I kind of actually like his stuff a good half the time.* I don’t know what if that says more about me or how easily I’m influenced by the people I admire that he gets to work with, but either way, that’s how I’ll start this. 

    I haven’t seen the pieces in person, and won’t b/c I don’t have a plan to go to NY anytime soon, but having seen Sherman’s, like the rest of you, I get the gist. Franco has inserted himself in Sherman’s work and in surprisingly unshocking news, Pace is showing it. Appropriation, when done well (above my favorite Prince), is transcendent of it’s source material. When done poorly? Sad at best and a lawsuit (again Prince) at worst.  Unfortunately Franco’s is the latter. The photos are beautiful as they are a direct recreation of Sherman’s who we all know by now is a master of composition and subject matter. We know, whether we want to or not, Franco is supremely photogenic, so that’s not an issue. It’s the patriarchy of the act. I truly don’t believe he’s misogynist, even after reading the press release all I see is “I can do this better/more interesting”. Franco wearing a dress and photographing himself He says it has something to do with her being a photographer taking a cue from Hollywood (name drop, name drop, name drop, i know what I’m talking about) and that he’s an actor taking a cue from the artist. All the subtleties are gone. The lost ingenue in the big city/film. The curiosity, the vulnerability is gone. It would almost be interesting if this was a comment on the LGBQT community, but it definitely does not seem to be. I just am trying to see how he validated executing and showing this as if it as something that could possibly contribute to any viable cultural conversation.

    Diagnosis: overinflated sense of self. Prescription: Lose at least 8 yes men telling you everything is brilliant. Regular reality checks. 

    UPDATE: I wrote this without reading any other real criticism. But everyone pretty much agrees.

    It’s hard not to feel some sympathy for him, while also wishing that someone or something would make him stop. - Roberta Smith

    I can only be flattered. I don’t know that I can say it’s art, but I think it’s weirder that Pace would show them than that he would make them. - Cindy Sherman

     In other words, to know how far down the rabbit hole we’ve come; at this point George W. Bush is actually a better artist than James Franco. - Jerry Saltz

    *This includes acting. I find him an affable fellow.



    April 25, 2014, 10:55am  

    CINDY SHERMAN’s face hits the newsstands Feb 9th on the Cover of Garage magazines’ ‘Vanity’ themed issue.

    via hahamagartconnect and GalleristNY



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    February 06, 2013, 1:00pm  

    “Basically, the Modern blinked.”

    Roberta Smith talking about MoMA’s cowardice to give Cindy Sherman more space for her retrospective.

    DAMNNNNSSSS.



    February 28, 2012, 3:00pm  

    Cindy Sherman for Balenciaga.


What’s with the artist/designer collab trend? I’m not hating it…although I’m not loving it either.

    Cindy Sherman for Balenciaga.

    What’s with the artist/designer collab trend? I’m not hating it…although I’m not loving it either.



    September 07, 2010, 11:20am  

    The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984

This handsome book is the first comprehensive examination of the Pictures Generation, a loosely knit group of artists working in New York from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s.

It’s only $60 so if you were wondering what you could get me for a “beginning of Spring” Gift, I think this would really be perfect.
On a side note, I know they have to appeal to as many people as possible to sell this book, and I know that this is a super-iconic image of Sherman’s, but really? Not any other photograph in the book to put on the cover? Just seem predictable and boring. Doesn’t mean I don’t want the book though.

    The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984

    This handsome book is the first comprehensive examination of the Pictures Generation, a loosely knit group of artists working in New York from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s.

    It’s only $60 so if you were wondering what you could get me for a “beginning of Spring” Gift, I think this would really be perfect.

    On a side note, I know they have to appeal to as many people as possible to sell this book, and I know that this is a super-iconic image of Sherman’s, but really? Not any other photograph in the book to put on the cover? Just seem predictable and boring. Doesn’t mean I don’t want the book though.



    April 06, 2009, 1:26pm  

    Cindy Sherman Clown Series
I did see the series* at the Serpentine when it came out and I will say this, it scared the crap out of me. Clowns freak me out.
*Supposedly this was an direct (abstract?) response to 9/11. Ok?

    Cindy Sherman Clown Series

    I did see the series* at the Serpentine when it came out and I will say this, it scared the crap out of me. Clowns freak me out.

    *Supposedly this was an direct (abstract?) response to 9/11. Ok?



    March 13, 2009, 3:35pm  

    Art crush of the day: Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Still #14 1978
Still into these.  

    Art crush of the day: Cindy Sherman Untitled Film Still #14 1978

    Still into these.  



    December 17, 2008, 5:04pm