Remembering Joan Didion and Cindy Sherman’s Film Stills – The Hollywood Reporter

Two recently opened art exhibitions showcase the work of influential women who exercised their intense focus on LA and the film industry, while a retrospective look at the Works by South African artist William Kentridge will open on 12 November at The Broad.

Joan Didion: What does she mean Hammer Museum, Westwood

Like Joan Didion herself, this new show pays homage to celebrities Slide towards Bethlehem The writer is the perfect blend of East and West coasts. Managed by her friend and mentor, New Yorkers writer and critic Hilton Als, to reflect her interests and inspirations, the show tracks the places Didion has lived and visited (Berkeley, Hawaii, Miami, El Salvador). Works like Betye Saar .’s 1966 assemblage View from Palmist’s window and Ed Ruscha .’s 1966 series of photographs Every Building on the Sunset Strip Join photos and archives, including a movie poster for 1976 A star was bornWritten by Didion and her husband John Gregory Dunne.

A 1976 photo from Ana Mendieta's Untitled: Silueta Series 1976/2001, viewed at Hammer.

A 1976 photo from Ana Mendieta Untitled: Silueta Series 1976/2001, see at Hammer in the show Joan Didion: What does she mean.


“She really developed a good sense of irony but also realism,” Als said of his friend, who passed away in 2021. Both he and Didion split their time between New York and New York. and LA; the latter is where she writes White album, a collection of classic essays on California. “Her advice works for you,” Als added. “It was never deceived in information or encouragement. She is a very real person. “ Joan Didion: What does she mean runs until February 19 at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.

Cindy Sherman: 1977-1982 Hauser & Wirth, DTLA

Complete Cindy Sherman’s Still movies without titles presented together for the first time since MoMA 2012 is an art lover’s dream. Sherman was just a kid when she drove around with her artist boyfriend Robert Longo and dressed up according to depictions of women in popular culture. The result was a series of films that kicked off her career and changed art’s relationship with the camera.

Cindy Sherman - Untitled photo - 1981

Cindy Sherman, “Untitled, 1981,” Chromogenic Color Print, 24 x 48 in / 61 x 121.9 cm

© Cindy Sherman / Allowed Artists and Hauser & Wirth

Also included in Hauser & Wirth’s show, first seen in New York, is Sherman’s Rear screen projection, a series of similar film stills shot in color in her home studio using a projection backdrop. That studio has become a mainstay of her practice, in which the photographer often works alone with selected props and costumes from thrift stores. The result was also watching her 1981 series Centerfoldsthat’s exactly what it sounds like, but with Sherman dressed entirely in pensive poses. Cindy Sherman: 1977-1982 runs through January 8 at Hauser & Wirth, 901 E. 3rd St.

William Kentridge: Praise the Darkness Wide, DTLA

This 35-year career survey, William Kentridge: Praise the Darkness, featuring more than 130 works from the renowned South African artist’s practice exploring his home country’s transition from apartheid to democracy. Multimedia artworks include charcoal drawings, cartoons, prints, bronze sculptures, tapestries and theater models.

Can also be viewed as a short video, Rejection of time, on European colonization and standardization of time. The exhibit anchor is what the artist calls an “elephant,” a giant breathing apparatus with a bellows moving in rhythm. In addition to a host of early theatrical films, Kentridge’s 11 Drawings for projection will be viewed.

William Kentridge - The Tapestry - And When He Returns

William Kentridge, “And When He Returns”, 2019. Hand-woven mohair rug. 118 x 187 inches (300 x 475 cm). Artist’s Collection

© William Kentridge / Courtesy of The Broad

The exhibition – which runs from November 12 to April 9 (221 S. Grand Ave.) – also marks the premiere of the performance, Houseboy, a production of the Less Good Ideas Center in Johannesburg directed by Kentridge. Based on the 1956 novel by Cameroonian diplomat Ferdinand Oyono, the film explores themes of postcolonial history and memory and identity. Catch it at REDCAT in downtown Los Angeles, November 17-20.

A version of this story first appeared in the November 2 issue of The Hollywood Reporter. Click here to subscribe..

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