Fraud or philanthropy? Art and Craft film review

Fraud, it seems, without any monetary benefit to the forger, is not a crime. And this is known best by Mark Landis, who has duped some of the most prestigious art museums in the country with his copycat pieces for more than 30 years. The new documentary Art and Craft, opening this Friday, peers into the life of Mark Landis and follows him as he deceives museum registrars and aggravates the one man always on this case, former registrar Matt Leininger.

Mark Landis proves to be a lovable, almost cartoonish character, obsessively recreating fool-worthy works of art while watching classic movies and sipping wine out of a Philips bottle. In between doctor visits at the mental clinic and making trips to Hobby Lobby to gather supplies for his forgeries, Landis lovely talks about Mother, who passed years ago. He regularly donates in her memory, as well as the memory of his imaginary deceased sister. He was Mother’s caretaker and seems lost without her, biding time with his art and performances.

Landis also talks of his childhood – sitting in hotel rooms alone, copying paintings from catalogs. When creating a piece, he isn’t quite sure about all the colors and brush strokes in the originals, but, as Landis notes, neither are the registrars. Landis never seems nervous that is works will be identified as phonies, but more concerned about being recognized himself and denied his passion for philanthropy.

Just as Landis is obsessed with gifting copied works of art, Matt Leininger is obsessed making sure he doesn’t. Leininger relentlessly tracks Landis, which contributed to losing his job as registrar of the Cincinnati Art Museum. In a surprising twist, however, Leininger curates an exhibition all about Landis and invites him up from Laurel, Mississippi to see his own works on display.

Catch the film starting tomorrow at the Angelika Film Center and the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas , with Landis himself in attendance at both locations Friday and Saturday.

Mark Landis at home. Photo by Sam Cullman, courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories

Mark Landis at home. Photo by Sam Cullman, courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories

Video: Whirr, Cloakroom, and Sannhet at The Studio at Webster Hall

whirr-04Pop quiz, hot shot. What do you get when you pack three of the loudest post-rock bands on earth into a glorified broom closet in the basement of a creaky old theater in lower Manhattan. Answer? Tinnitus, you idiot. As well as one hell of a show from heavy shoegazers Whirr, Cloakroom, and our favorite blackened post-rock (or lightened black metal?) trio, Sannhet. Check out the video from the epically claustrophobic show below and also keep your eye for anyone playing/selling a black Gibson RD bass, as some degenerate slug stole one from Sannhet after the show on Tuesday.

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Top five shows of the weekend

uninvited5) Andy Stott, Demdike Stare, Millie & Andrea, Miles, and more at Output
While you’re never going to hear me expound on the cultural importance of Output (nor ever find me there), I must say, this one caught my attention. Every now and then Output books itself a name in the electronic music world, but Manchester dub pioneer Andy Stott is by far their highest concept yet. A deviation from the Wythe mega-club’s usual (MDM)A + B(ro step) = C(oitus in the bathroom) Pythagorean, Stott is sure to bring some artistic gravitas to the grind this weekend, so if you’re looking to get down with your dignity intact, this is the place to be.

Friday, doors at 10pm

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Taste Talks All-Star BBQ = food coma

Chefs at the All-Star BBQ, courtesy of Taste Talks

Chefs at the All-Star BBQ, courtesy of Taste Talks

This past weekend cult-status chefs descended upon North Williamsburg, taking over the Wythe Hotel, Kinfolk Studios, Colossal Media and the East River Park for Taste Talks Brooklyn.

Saturday, I was lucky enough to grab a seat at Mario Batali’s panel on “What is Buzz?” with Christine Muhlke, Executive Editor of Bon Appétit; Kate Krader, Restaurant Editor at Food & Wine magazine; Ken Friedman, Co-owner of several restaurants, including theThe Spotted Pig; and Craig Kanarick, CEO of Mouth.com. All of the panelists have years of curating and influencing tastes. [Read more...]

REVIEW: GROUPLOVE and Portugal.The Man Played Rumsey Playfield

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A barrage of upbeat music and colorful lights took over Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield as Typhoon, Grouplove and Portugal.The Man closed out their summer tour. The venue was full of drunk girls who would rather talk about their Instagram accounts than take in the show, but I guess that’s pretty much the norm these days. Real fans stood up front, throwing their hands in the air and joyously singing along to the headlining acts’ stacked playlist.

GROUPLOVE brought their signature energy, playing a relatively short, yet full set, complete with all of their infectiously fun hits. I walked up to the closing chords of Itching on a Photograph (they started a lot earlier than I realized) as roars of applause emanated from the Summerstage. Frontman Christian Zucchoni wore an XXXL T-Shirt making him look like some kind of hobo shaman as he jumped and danced wildly on the stage. The show was a full blown love fest as members of each band spoke of the bond they had formed with each other over the last seven weeks. “We smoked a lot of weed,” said a leotard wearing Hannah Hooper. “And this is a song about best friends,” she added before launching into Grouplove’s 2012 hit Tongue Tied.

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Peaking Lights to share their Cosmic Logic with new album, listen to two tracks

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Wisconsin married duo Peaking Lights have long excelled at their brand of poppy psych-tinged dub. And with their newest studio album, fittingly titled Cosmic Logic, they further expand upon this sound. Both singles so far, “Breakdown” and “Everyone and Us” find Indra’s voice boldly at the forefront, where on their last albums 936 and Lucifer it was found under layers of synth and sunny haze. These songs are definitely brighter than we are used to from these two. For lack of a better “cosmic” joke, shine on you crazy diamonds.

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10,000-square-foot MP Taverna coming soon to Williamsburg

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Michael Psilakis credit: Joe Hume

The opening date is still TBD, but celebrity chef Michael Psilakis will open his latest version of MP Taverna at 470 Driggs Avenue. We sure miss the days when the closest thing we had to a celebrity chef was Andrew Tarlow.

Often referred to as the “Godfather of Greek Cuisine,” [Michael Psilakis] made his name at upscale restaurants like Onera and Dona; he’s received James Beard Award nominations, as well as Chef of the Year distinctions from Bon Appétit and Esquire; he’s published a top-selling cookbook, and has banked enough television appearances (BBC America’s No Kitchen Required, Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate) to cement his status as a bona fide celebrity. [Read more...]

This One Goes To Eleven: Weekly metal roundup

DSC_0143There are few things on earth more metal than surgery. Take it from a guy who was too busy blowing black goo out of his sinus cavities last week to write this little column. With ten days of recovery time and the muse of recent trauma now in the ol’ psycho-emotional pocket, however, I’m glad to say we are now, thanks to one of the craziest, ballsiest, and baddest (in a good way) release slates of the year, back with a vengeance. So strap in and buckle up, because like a Phoenix from the–wait, hang on, come back! We were just getting to the good part!

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