Thursday, February 19, 2009


Beginning February 21st, the Free Library of Philadelphia will be hosting screenings and discussions of Julian Schnabel’s Basquiat (1996), as part of its One Film program. Click here for more information and showtimes.

Before turning to filmmaking, Schnabel was a painter — part of the Neo-expressionist movement of the early 1980s. Among the other leaders of that movement were Jean-Michel Basquiat and another brilliant and tragic artist named Chuck Connelly. Never heard of Chuck Connelly? Then you’re missing out. Check out some of his work here.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

For no particular reason...

Jonathan Franzen, interviewed by Charlie Rose (2001).

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Cézanne and Beyond

If you haven’t yet heard, a new exhibit kicks off at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on February 26th: Cézanne and Beyond. This one is slated to feature forty paintings and twenty watercolors and drawings by Cézanne, plus a twist: these works will be displayed alongside later works by artists who drew inspiration from Cézanne. So this is your chance to see some choice Cézanne pieces flanked by similar work by Matisse, Picasso, Mondrian, Jasper Johns, Max Beckmann, Georges Braque, Pierre Bonnard, and more. Nice.