Sunday, February 22, 2009

Opening: Serkan Ozkaya at Slag; Closing: James Nares at Paul Kasmin

New York, February 19, 2008--The first solo show by Turkish artist Serkan Ozkaya opened at Slag, 548 West 28th Street and 11th Avenue. On February 21, James Nares's exhibition of paintings, video and works on paper closed at Paul Kasmin; unfortunately circumstances had prevented me from attending the opening.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Gomorrah: Matteo Garrrone Interview

New York, October 2, 2008--Winner of the 2008 Cannes Golden Palm, Gomorrah premiered in New York at the New York Film Festival and is now in theatrical release. The film, directed by Matteo Garrone, is adapted from Roberto Saviano's 2006 bestseller about the international influence of the organized crime empire based in Naples known as the Camorra. Garrone's script follows five characters variously caught or trying to escape from its clutches through interweaving stories that chronicle the Camorra's reach from haute couture to toxic waste. Neapolitan director/actor Toni Servillo heads a cast that includes Salvatore Cantalupo,   Gianfelice  Imparato, Maria Nazionale. Superbly shot and mounted on a vast scale, Gomorrah provides an interior look at the workings of an infamously coldblooded institution that seeks to understand rather than glamorize. Filmed by Liza Bear at the New York Film Festival.
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