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

Two art exhibitions that have just opened showcase the work of powerful influential women who have trained their intense focus on LA and the film industry, while a retrospective of South African artist William Kentridge’s work opens on November 12 at The Broad.

Joan Didion: What She Means Hammer Museum, Westwood

Like Joan Didion, this new show pays homage to celebrities Leaning toward Bethlehem The writer is a perfect blend of East and West Coast. Curated by her friend and mentor, The New Yorker Writer and critic Hilton Als, to reflect her interests and inspirations, the exhibition tracks the places Didion lived and visited (Berkeley, Hawaii, Miami, El Salvador). Works such as Betye Saar’s 1966 Assemblage View from the palmist window and Ed Ruscha’s 1966 photo series Every building in the sunset strip Join photos and archival material, including a 1976 movie poster A star is bornDidion and husband John Gregory Dunne wrote the screenplay for it.

1976 photo by Ana Mendieta Untitled: Silhouette Series 1976/2001, A look at the hammer on display Joan Didion: What She Means.

Courtesy of Hammer

“She had a really well-developed sense of irony but also practicality,” she said of her friend, who died in 2021. Both he and Didion split their time between New York and LA; The second is where she wrote The White Album, a collection of classic essays about California. “Her advice will suit you,” Als adds. “It was never misleading in information or encouragement. She was a very practical person.” … Joan Didion: What She Means Runs through February 19 at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.

Cindy Sherman: 1977-1982 Hauser & Wirth, DTLA

Cindy Sherman’s Complete Set Untitled Movie Stills Presented together for the first time since MoMA’s 2012 retrospective An Art Lover’s Dream. Sherman was just a child when she ran into her then-boyfriend, artist Robert Longo, and dressed herself according to depictions of women in popular culture. The result was an original series that launched his career and changed art’s relationship to the camera.

Cindy Sherman - Untitled Photograph - 1981

Cindy Sherman, “Untitled, 1981,” chromogenic color print, 24 x 48 in / 61 x 121.9 cm

© Cindy Sherman/ Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Sherman’s first appearance in New York at Hauser and Wirth’s show Rear screen projections, similar film stills were shot in color in her home studio using projected backdrops. That studio became the mainstay of her practice, in which the photographer often works alone with props and costumes picked from thrift stores. Results were also seen in his 1981 series CenterfoldsIt sounds accurate, but Sherman is dressed in perfectly contemplative poses. Cindy Sherman: 1977-1982 Hauser & Wirth, 901 E. Runs through Jan. 8 at 3rd St.

William Kentridge: In Praise of Shadows The Broad, DTLA

This 35-year career survey, William Kentridge: In Praise of Shadows, features over 130 works from the renowned South African artist’s practice that explore his homeland’s transition from apartheid to democracy. Multi-media artworks include charcoal drawings, animated films, prints, bronze sculptures, tapestries and theater models.

A video short film is also on view, Denial of time, about colonialism and the European standardization of time. Anchoring the show is a piece the artist refers to as “the elephant,” a giant breathing apparatus with rhythmically moving bellows. Along with a series of films examining early films, Kentridge’s 11 diagrams for projection Will be available for viewing.

William Kentridge - Vestment - And when he returned

William Kentridge, “And when he returned”, 2019. Handwoven mohair tapestry. 118 x 187 in. (300 x 475 cm). Collection of the artist

© William Kentridge / Courtesy of Broad

The exhibit — which runs Nov. 12 through April 9 (221 S. Grand Ave.) — also marks the premiere of a piece from the show, home boy, a Center for the Less Good Idea production in Johannesburg, directed by Kentridge. Based on the 1956 novel by Cameroonian diplomat Ferdinand Oyono, it explores themes of history and memory and post-colonial identity. Grab it At REDCAT In downtown Los Angeles, November 17-20.

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

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