For a show commemorating their twenty-year collaboration, Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin fill one long wall from floor to ceiling with more than five hundred unframed photographs, many familiar from glossy editorial spreads and ad campaigns. But this busy couple is not content with being successful fashion and celebrity photographers; they want to be artists too. So their pictures of Tom Cruise, Karl Lagerfeld, Björk, and a bearded Kate Moss face off across the gallery with a series of digitally collaged creatures that start off as nude women and end up as fairy-tale grotesques. In this standoff between art and commerce, neither side wins.
Showing through Oct. 29.
(Marks, 522 W. 22nd St. New York, 212-243-0200.)
In other news, Screaming Masterpiece (or Gargandi Snilld in Icelandic) by Ari Alexander Ergis Magnusson is nominated films for Nordic Council Film Prize 2005. Ten films from Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Norway have been nominated and the winner will be presented at a press conference at the Danish Film Institute in Copenhagen on Wednesday 12 October at 11am.
Screaming Masterpiece is a documentary featuring live performances by many Icelandic musicians, including Björk singing 'All is full of love' and 'Pluto' in New York, along with recent interviews and old footage from the Sugarcubes era. See a trailer for Screaming Masterpiece here. The soundtrack is available from SmekkleysaSM/Bad Taste.