Melissa Smith

For Charles Clough, a solo show that raises the question: What was the 'Pictures Generation' really?:

"There were so many dogmas involved," Clough told me at Saturday's opening. "There was [Clement] Greenberg’s dogma and then there was Michael Fried’s dogma, and then there was the conceptual artist with their rules. Everybody’s got their rules and my critical position is more of affirmation and inclusion. And so I’ve always retained a painterly approach—throughout storms of dogma and various points of view."

Bio: Melissa Smith is a writer living in Brooklyn. She received her graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University and works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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For Charles Clough, a solo show that raises the question: What was the ‘Pictures Generation’ really?

"There were so many dogmas involved," Clough told me at Saturday's opening. "There was [Clement] Greenberg’s dogma and then there was Michael Fried’s dogma, and then there was the conceptual artist with their rules. Everybody’s got their rules and my critical position is more of affirmation and inclusion. And so I’ve always retained a painterly approach—throughout storms of dogma and various points of view."

Feb. 6, 2013

 
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Steven Soderbergh describes his last good shot

Look for the first scene in Side Effects where Rooney Mara visits her psychologist. That's the capstone of a career. What next? “Well, someone is going to take my place,” Soderbergh said.

Jan. 31, 2013

 
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Ben Stiller, Jonathan Demme, Soledad O’Brien, and more gather to honor a Haitian film school

Ben Still, Jonathan Demme, and a host of others gathered Thursday for a benefit for the Ciné Institute, Haiti's only film school and a generator of hope for the still-struggling nation.

Jan. 25, 2013

 
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Nick Flynn talks about the book about the movie about the book of his life

Nick Flynn appeared at a screening of his autobiographical film, Being Flynn, at BAM and discussed his dual memoirs about his parents and about making the film.

Jan. 9, 2013

 
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Ann Hamilton’s Armory show takes flight on swings

At the Park Avenue Armory, Ann Hamilton's latest installation includes large swings, a giant billowing curtain, homing pigeons, and a lot of simple joy.

Dec. 11, 2012

 
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Author Sapphire describes the joy and pain of ‘Push,’ and her latest, ‘The Kid’

"It is a sequel in that we’re looking at the life of Precious’s child, Abdul Jones, who is now an AIDS orphan," the author Sapphire said. "And it is a sequel in a sense that it continues to look at the profound and devastating effect of AIDS on the African-American community."

Dec. 10, 2012

 
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‘An experimental moment’: performance as music, film, poetry, and pickle-lighting at the Whitney

At the Whitney Museum, Cheesecake Emergency presented a frenetic group of performance art pieces.

Dec. 4, 2012

 
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The Studio Museum in Harlem’s ‘Fore’ takes a look at emerging black artists

Fore, the latest in a series of emerging-artist exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, is a themeless overview of young artists, but reveals something about black style.

Nov. 15, 2012

 
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A Reagan-era Ed Kienholz installation is mounted again with a different president, and the same political message

Ed Kienholz's The Ozymandias Parade, a 1985 sculpture now up again at Pace Gallery, bears a bleak message about politics for election season.

Nov. 8, 2012

 
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The curator and the fashion magazine icon discuss what it means to dream.

Editor Carine Roitfeld and curator Klaus Biesenbach met to discuss fashion publishing and the nature of style.

Nov. 7, 2012