The Whitney Biennial 2012 got a huge rave in The Times. “One of the best Whitney Biennials in recent memory may or may not contain a lot more outstanding art than its predecessors, but that’s not the point. The 2012 incarnation is a new and exhilarating species of exhibition, an emerging curatorial life form, at least for New York.”
We guess 26 years in the making they really got this thing down. Go Whitney! And go to the Whitney.
Stanya Kahn’s show at Susanne Vielmetter is fun, funny, and smart … The New Yorker meets Far Side cartoons that describe comedy’s dark underbelly. There are several videos (for which she’s better known) that delve quite deep into the subject wherein she roams around doing weird abstractions of stand-up routines. (She’s rather obsessed with stand up). There’s some abject stuff, doodles of poop, a foam penis costume etc., but if that’s not palatable there are plenty of other images to enjoy.
MIAMI There’s two things left to do on our Top Five Film Festival List!
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EAST COAST PREMIERE. Married to career-obsessed Denver surgeon Dr. Joseph Winter (Kevin Kline), Beth (Diane Keaton) is feeling edgy with an impending empty nest situation. She discovers an abandoned and mistreated dog by the side of the freeway. Despite Joseph’s obsessions, “Freeway” becomes a part of the family. Later, during a gathering at the Winters’ mountain-cottage retreat, Freeway chases a deer while on a walk with Joseph and becomes lost. With the support of Joseph’s sister Penny (Dianne Wiest), her suspect new beau Russell (Richard Jenkins), Joseph’s nephew Bryan (Mark Duplass) and the curmudgeonly local sheriff (Sam Shephard), the search for Freeway carries out over several days and many misadventures, both comic and serious, as Beth’s frustrations with Joseph approach their nadir. Meanwhile, Freeway’s chances of survival grow increasingly slim in the bear-populated woods.