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Something Fishy Going on Here: Takashi Murakami Debuts ‘Jellyfish Eyes’ Movie in New York

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Takashi Murakami, the Japanese mega artist, loves the new Godzilla movie, but Jellyfish Eyes, his first feature film, which is touring with support from Mr. Murakami’s L.A. gallery Blum & Poe, is more akin to Pokémon: we get a kid hero who saves the day with his cooing animated friend, a cutesy, pink and white imp called Kurage-bo (think Pikachu with tentacles). After a sold-out screening of the film at Lincoln Center on Sunday, the bespectacled director explained through a translator that he had been thinking of marginalized creatures, and originally conceived of the boy’s animal as similar to an emaciated old man, but eventually settled on a more cloyingly childlike companion. Read More

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The Weiwei Back: Andreas Johnson’s New and Uneventful Ai Weiwei Documentary

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In 2011, Chinese artist and political whistleblower Ai Weiwei spent 81 days in jail for accusing his homeland’s government of neglecting the traumas of rural residents during 2008’s catastrophic earthquake in the Sichuan region. That same year, ArtReview magazine named Mr. Ai the most powerful person in the art world.

Art enthusiasts, corruption opponents and citizens of the world living above ground heard all about Mr. Ai’s unlawful imprisonment back in 2012 when Alison Klayman released her documentary, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. Since the run of that critically acclaimed film, Mr. Ai’s push against political corruption and the protection of free speech has been heard globally. Ever since the artist was released from custody, the Chinese government has been holding his passport. Read More

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Here’s the Trailer for Takashi Murakami’s First Feature Film

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Vanity Fair just posted the trailer for Takashi Murakami’s Jellyfish Eyes, the artist’s first feature film, which debuts in select cities next month.

You can watch it yourself below. It’s a bit like Steve McQueen’s transition to feature length work, in the way it introduces the artist’s style to narrative, only substitute Pokémon for sex addiction. Read More

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The Art World According to Martin Scorsese

Rosanna Arquette as Paulette, Lione's assistant/former girlfriend, and Buscemi as Gregory Stark. (Courtesy http://buscemovies.tumblr.com)

Though it was snubbed by the Academy last night, failing to cash in on any of its five Oscar nominations, The Wolf of Wall Street has been the season’s most-discussed blockbuster. Ever since the Martin Scorsese saga made its splashy debut on Christmas Day, viewers and critics have been maligning its excesses, usually arguing that it glorifies some seriously bad behavior, while others have rushed to defend it as a masterpiece. The film, which narrowly avoided an NC-17 rating by means of an 11th-hour edit that brought the appearances of bare breasts and acts involving them down to sub-stratospheric numbers, follows the career of Jordan Belfort, a debauched penny stock swindler with epic appetites for women and drugs. A couple decades back, Mr. Scorsese trained his camera on another world characterized by wealth, materialism, lavish parties, frequent bouts of nudity and more than a couple criminals: New York’s art world. Read More