Grace Hartigan: 1922-2008

The Abstract Expressionist painter Grace Hartigan died over the weekend in Baltimore. I hadn’t given her much thought in recent years until last summer, when a couple of her canvases turned up in “Action/Abstraction”, the excellent show organized by the Jewish Museum in New York that’s now at the St. Louis Art Museum. (And which heads …

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The Morning After: True Like

I wasn’t moved by True Blood when it debuted this fall, but I’ve been quietly keeping up with it after the first five episodes HBO sent out. It’s still not a Sunday night date for me, but I find myself sort of not hating it. I can’t imagine ever being involved in the show on a character level the way I am with, say, Big …

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PrezTube

Barack Obama posts what will be the first in a series of Presidential (or for now, President-Elect-ial) weekly addresses on YouTube. The sounds you hear in the background from about :35 to 1:05, while he talks about the economic crisis? Sirens! Because we weren’t quite alarmed enough to begin with.

More Talk With: Joe Thompson

Let’s continue that talk with MASS MoCA Director Joe Thompson about how the giant Sol LeWitt installation was accomplished. Yesterday we talked about how LeWitt had come up to MASS MoCA in 2004 and picked out an empty building on the museum campus that he thought would be suitable for the show, which is going to remain on the walls for …

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TV Weekend: King Ricky the First

Before watching Ricky Gervais: Out of England—the Stand-Up Special, I hadn’t really thought of Gervais as a stand-up comedian. After watching it, I still don’t. Which is not to say that the special is not entertaining; it’s uneven but sometimes gaspingly funny. But as he did in The Office, Extras and (to a lesser extent) on his …

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Your Ad Has Been Cancelled

Interesting piece by Brian Stelter about a side effect of the cancellation of My Own Worst Enemy: it also means the end of a high-profile product placement for General Motors, which wasn’t really in the market for yet more bad news. 

Is Hank Paulson empowered to bail out Christian Slater action thrillers?

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TV Poll: I'll Be There For You

Not one of my favorite episodes of 30 Rock last night, though like all of them it had its moments. The Night Court closure storyline was over the top of the top but I was willing to suspend disbelief more than usual for Harry and Markie’s sake. (“Court? At night? I’m laughing already!”) Jennifer Aniston’s Crazy-Putty character …

Top 10 Bond Gadgets

In his last two films—Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale—James Bond has drifted away from his gizmo-filled days of yore. TIME looks at four decades of 007’s best doohickies.

A Talk With: Joe Thompson

When I was up at MASS MoCA a few weeks ago to see their new installation of 105 Sol LeWitt wall drawings, I had a talk with MASS MoCA’s director Joe Thompson about how the project took shape. Thompson and his museum were brought into it by Jock Reynolds, the director of the Yale University Art Gallery. It was Reynolds who first …

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Checking Back With: Chocolate News

When I first reviewed Chocolate News I said that the show suffered from some iffy taped segments, but that David Alan Grier’s commentaries showed potential if they could keep the humor more current. (At least I think I wrote that. Until the Internet coughs up the Tuned In blog archives I have to rely on memory, and/or making stuff up. …

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