What We Learned This Week: Nan Goldin's Opiod Crusade Picks Up Steam
In early 2017, Nan Goldin kicked her three-year OxyContin habit. "Your own skin revolts against you. Every part of yourself is in terrible pain," she told The New York Times. The celebrated photographer, who has documented domestic violence, including her own battering, as well as the death of friends from HIV, opened up about her opioid addiction in a recent essay at Artforum, revealing that it started when she was prescribed OxyContin after surgery. Now she has launched a crusade against the Sackler family, prominent art patrons who own the company that makes the drug. She's picked up support from other artists--and a Sackler.
Spotlight: Motion Highlights From January
Memory is unreliable. Especially when there's a good story to tell. That's the lesson of the short documentary "Twister," one of the films we spotlighted in January. In 1996, a tornado hit a drive-in movie theater in Niagara Falls, Canada, on the same day the theater was due to show the hit feature film "Twister," starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton. Over the years the tale about this ironic event became more and more dramatic, and, as filmmaker Jay Cheel shows, the facts themselves became more and more twisted. Other highlights from January include a memorable time lapse of a SpaceX rocket launch and a comic tribute to the life of a freelance filmmaker.
Robert Rauschenberg at SFMOMA
Unfixed—ideas, methods, materials—is what can be said to characterize the extraordinary output of Robert Rauschenberg. In Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules, a sweeping retrospective continuing at SFMOMA, this restless innovator’s contributions to the art of our own time registers in full. Visitors will experience the moment when Modern art made its exit, rules were swept aside, and friendships became collaborations, opening access to the contemporary and the quotidian in a...
Spotlight: Oliver Herrera Photographs a Victim of Police Violence in Venezuela
Last June, Venezuelan photographer Oliver Herrera shot a remarkable portrait of a young woman named Kim, who had recently been injured by police during student protests against the Venezuela government. "She just was trying to help an injured student on the floor when a policemen shot her with pellets in her arms and head," says Herrera. Kim, who had modeled for Herrera previously, asked him to document her wounds. "She represents all women from Venezuela -- their courage, intelligence, beauty and strength," says Herrera. His photograph was later named a winner of the Latin American Fotografia 6 competition.
Illustrator Profile - Jensine Eckwall: "I've always been inspired by music and words"
Jensine Eckwall is a Brooklyn-based illustrator whose work has graced the covers of eight books and one full-length picture book. She also recently finished illustrating a book for adults that has an upcoming release date. That's impressive work, considering that Eckwall has only been working as an illustrator since 2013. With a background creating short comics and zines, she says that "Breaking into books has let the narrative quality of my work shine far more than most editorial assignments." Eckwall's illustrations have a smart, narrative style; she creates them with a combination of Photoshop, ink, watercolor, and gouache.
- Illustrator Profile - Natalya Balnova: "The process of drawing provides me with a great source of inspiration"
The SONY a9: What the Pros Have to Say
"Eventually you knew it had to happen. Sooner or later cameras would get so good at what they did that basically your job as a photographer would be to look for interesting things to shoot and then try not to get in the camera's way as it did it's thing capturing them. I mean, imagine if a camera had pretty much flawless exposure capability, flawless focusing and could fire and focus so fast it never missed a frame?" So writes Jeff Wignall in todays Street Test of the Sony a9 full-frame mirrorless camera. Sony Artisans of Imagery Katrin Eisman, Andy Katz, and Pat Murphy-Racey join in with their takes on the 24.2-megapixel camera that has caused an uproar in the photo industry.