All posts tagged: documentary

Creative Close-Up: Inside the Contemporary Art World

1.28.19 Hello everyone! The last few days of January are upon us and it’s time for a creative close-up of a documentary film I just have seen on Netflix. Blurred Lines: Inside the Art World, explores the value of contemporary art. The film was released in September 2017. The docufilm directed by Barry Avrich speaks to gallerists, journalist, collectors, art critics, even the artists such as Marina Abramovic, Rashid Johnson, and Julian Schnabel.  The value of art can be tricky business, how about trying to find your target market…that is tricky too. I found this short review from Shayna Weingast on the Tribeca website.  “As one art scene insider proclaims, the contemporary art world can be summed up as “rich people trying to prove how rich they are,” but is that all there is to this billion dollar industry? Well-researched and expertly constructed, Barry Avrich’s eye-opening documentary peels back the layers of the art world economy- from production to circulation, and delineates every integral player in the game of art-making, including curators, gallerists, collectors, donors, auction …

Film Review: Breaking A Monster

Feb. 25 / 17 Hey! Going to give my review of the documentary film, Breaking A Monster. This film, directed by Luke Meyer, follows three young African-American kids from Brooklyn, New York. Malcolm Brickhouse, Jarad Dawkins, and Alec Atkins have garnered attention as the heavy-metal trio, Unlocking the Truth. The band, formed in 2007, began performing in the streets of Time Square, which gained lots of social media attention. By 2014, these eighth graders signed a $1.8 million five-album deal with Sony Music Entertainment. Of course with the boys being under age, the contract had to be approved by the New York Supreme Court. The deal was put together by their manager…now former manager, Alan Sacks. Sacks, who was co-creator for the 70s sitcom classic Welcome Back Kotter and responsible for the careers of Demi Lovato and The Jonas Brothers, is kinda like one of those zen master managers. He’s got the calm, cool and collected look about him. The thought of signing a record deal sounds like a dream come true, but that’s simply not the case. …

Film Review: Blackfish

Jan. 16 / 17 Hello! It’s MLK holiday everywhere in the states people are enjoying a day off. Of course, the MLK is more than just a day off from work. Here in the office of Shadowbox, there is no day off. I’m doing a review of the 2013 documentary film Blackfish. The film centers around captive killer whales in Sea World. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, the film mainly focuses on one of the whales, Tilikum, who passed away earlier this month, January 6. When you think of Sea World, there is only one image that pops in mind, seeing those awesome killer whales or orcas. This is the park’s big money-maker and has been for years, but that came to a halt. In February 2010 at Sea World in Orlando Florida, one of the trainers Dawn Brancheau, was killed by Tilikum. Unfortunately, she wasn’t the first. Tilikum, nicknamed Tilly, has killed two other people before. You have to go back 39 years ago. He has been in captivity since he was a young baby whale. …

ART SCENE NEWSLETTER: DOWNTOWN FAIR & MAKING IT

April 23, 2014 Good Morning! After a nice relaxing week and a half, Art Scene Newsletter has returned with two exciting news:   INAUGURAL DOWNTOWN FAIR HAS COME TO NEW YORK A new art fair is making it’s début in New York City. Downtown Fair, a new modern and contemporary art fair produced by Art Miami, is marking its inaugural debut next month on May 8-11, 2014 during Frieze Week. There is an invitation only High-Tea VIP Preview from 2 – 5pm, Thursday, May 8. This is the First View for invited VIP collectors and accredited members of the Press, and welcomes collectors, art enthusiasts, curators and international visitors through Sunday, May 11. Downtown has chosen fifty international galleries such as Accola Griefen Gallery in New York, Arcature Fine Art in Palm Beach, Flowers in London, Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto to Galerie von Braunbehrens in Munich. Works from 600 artists from 35 countries will also be on display. The Downtown Fair will complement the Frieze Art Fair, offering all Frieze VIP cardholders complimentary admittance …