FILM COMMENTS

May 21, 2024

Taking Venice, directed by Amei Wallach Eight years in the making, Amei Wallach’s new documentary, Taking Venice, focuses on the 1964 Venice Biennale. That year, the US Pavilion, exhibiting the groundbreaking paintings and mixed-media assemblages called Combines by Robert Rauschenberg, won the Grand Prize, then known as the International Prize for Painting, the most prestigious […]

Czech-born, New York artist Pavel Kraus (1946-2024)

May 7, 2024

Known for abstract paintings, sculptures, and installations in encaustic, glass, marble, and experimental materials such as natural resins, Pavel Kraus died suddenly of a heart attack on April 15. He was 77. Kraus’s work and career, extending over five decades, encompassed a thorough assimilation of mid-twentieth-century Eastern European avant-garde styles, as well as the dynamics […]

FILM COMMENTS

March 4, 2024

Ostensibly a documentary about the formidable and influential German artist, the film is unapologetically engaged in the business of mythmaking.