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New Abortion Ban Laws Take Center Stage at Moca Gala

  • Variety
Forty years ago in Los Angeles, the decision to invest millions in a museum dedicated exclusively to contemporary art — not to mention its formerly desolate downtown location, where the vibe was more apocalyptic than artsy — was a risky proposition. But now that the city’s cultural heart has shifted south of Hollywood, it seems visionary.

And thanks to the Museum of Contemporary Art’s new director Klaus Biesenbach, what once seemed bound to be a big flop was buzzy on Saturday night, with the Moca Benefit gala attracting an eclectic crowd that included punk rockers (Patti Smith) and politicians (Mayor Eric Garcetti) as well as pop stars (Katy Perry and Ricky Martin) and leading men (Keanu Reeves and Orlando Bloom) to its benefit.

“I’m excited about Klaus leading the museum because he has a vision and he’s someone who is willing to take risks,” said the Mayor of
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See Princess Eugenie In Her Engagement Dress — Over a Year Ago!

As Princess Eugenie celebrates her engagement to longtime boyfriend Jack Brooksbank today, take a look back at the first time she wore the floral black Erdem dress. She wore the garment for an August 2016 interview with Harper’s Bazaar, where she talked about what a day in her life looks like — including mentions of her husband-to-be!

Princess Eugenie may be daughter to Prince Andrew, cousin to Prince William and granddaughter to Queen Elizabeth, but it turns out, her life isn’t all that different from the average 26-year-old – or so she says.

In a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar,
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Princess Eugenie Reveals Her Remarkably Ordinary Life

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Princess Eugenie may be daughter to Prince Andrew, cousin to Prince William and granddaughter to Queen Elizabeth, but it turns out, her life isn't all that different from the average 26-year-old - or so she says. In a new interview with Harper's Bazaar, Eugenie shared what goes on in a typical day in her life, from the moment she wakes up in the morning to when her head hits the pillow at night. And yes, despite her royal status, the Princess of York's schedule is rather conventional: She goes to work everyday, she checks Instagram, she shops at Topshop and Zara,
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Lady Gaga Snags Young Artist Award

She’s one of the most expressive and devoted singers of her generation and Lady Gaga was recognized for her contribution to the art world during the annual Americans for the Arts’ National Arts Awards on Monday night (October 19).

The “Just Dance” diva received the Young Artist Award at the New York City shindig and was introduced by her friend and art mentor Klaus Biesenbach, a curator for the Museum of Modern Art.

Gaga gushed, "Thank you so much to all of you for honoring me today, because I don't think there is a single award that means more to me than this one. My name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. I am an Italian-American... I, over time, read so many books, watched so many movies, did so much art, met so many sculptors, filmmakers, poets, musicians, sidewalk artists that I invented something that was much stronger than I ever
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Lady Gaga: The Young Artist Award Is the Most Meaningful One of Her Life

  • Vulture
Lady Gaga: The Young Artist Award Is the Most Meaningful One of Her Life
On Monday night, a tearful Lady Gaga received the Young Artist Award from the arts-education nonprofit Americans for the Arts at its annual gala at that cathedral of catering Cipriani 42nd Street. The award itself — a gleaming lapdog-scale Jeff Koons balloon dog — was presented to her by friend and art-mentor Klaus Biesenbach, curator-at-large for the Museum of Modern Art. He emphasized that she had done it all — millions of records sold, work on behalf of bullied youth, and not to mention a grisly turn in the current season of American Horror Story: Hotel — before the age of 30.Lady Gaga seemed especially touched by the fact that this august group was taking her seriously as an artist. The night was the culmination of her journey to co-opt the power of Art and channel it through herself — something she's been doing long before teaming up with Jeff Koons (who was also
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Kazuki Kitamura with Tamanojo in Takeshi Watanabe and Yoshitaka Yamaguchi's Samurai Cat

Two recently opened exhibitions in New York, Andrew Bolton and Wong Kar Wai's China: Through the Looking Glass at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971 at The Museum of Modern Art, curated by Christophe Cherix and Klaus Biesenbach, have richly integrated film to magnify the experience, giving broader context to the work.

A sold-out special screening of Takeshi Watanabe and Yoshitaka Yamaguchi's Samurai Cat (Neko zamurai), which was shown in 2014 at the Japan Cuts Film Festival, was held last night in celebration of the second half of Japan Society's must-see Life Of Cats: Selections From The Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection, closing this week.

Tamanojo, Samurai Cat, knows how to use what Paddington calls, "the hard stare."

Samurai Cat is a wildly entertaining warrior story about two clans at battle
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How to Do What Yoko Wants You To: Grapefruit, 51 Years Later

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How to Do What Yoko Wants You To: Grapefruit, 51 Years Later
At the press preview for MoMA’s “Yoko Ono: One Woman Show,” the main curatorial force behind it, Klaus Biesenbach, quoted one of Ono’s poetic directives from her famous typewritten book full of them, Grapefruit: “Throw a stone into the sky high enough so it will not come back.” Maybe he was worried that this show might come crashing down on his (and the museum’s) head, like the Björk exhibit he did earlier this spring, to a chorus of critical derision. But the Ono show opened May 18, to pretty great reviews, and has helped reclaim both Biesenbach’s and, for that matter, Ono’s reputations.One of its many artifactual pleasures is the wall of framed typescripts from Grapefruit — 151 in all, often dated in pen. Ono had self-published 500 copies of the book version of it in 1964, four years before she and John Lennon got together, catapulting her
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One woman shows by Anne-Katrin Titze

Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960 - 1971 press preview at MoMA Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At the press preview for Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960 - 1971, the Museum of Modern Art Director, Glenn D. Lowry, introduced the co-curators, Klaus Biesenbach, Chief Curator at Large, MoMA, and Director, MoMA PS1 and Christophe Cherix, The Robert Lehman Foundation Chief Curator of Drawings and Prints.

Yoko's exhibition includes nine 16mm films - Albert Maysles and David Maysles' Cut Piece, the John Lennon and Yoko Ono Bed-In from 1969, Match Piece (One), Eyeblink, Fly, Film No. 5 (Smile), Wrapping Event, Film No. 4, and The Museum Of Modern Art Show 1971.

Albert and David Maysles' Cut Piece (1965) Carnegie Recital Hall, NYC

The infamous The Museum Of Modern Art Show 1971 consists of interviews Yoko conducted in front of MoMA in 1971 about her Yoko Ono: One Woman Show - a show that did not take
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After Miami, Marina Abramovic Is Going Out West to Give Silicon Valley a Talking To

  • Vulture
If there is one Instagram moment that captures the meta-weary strut of Art Basel Miami Beach and all of its attendant fairs, performances, and branding extravaganzas, it might be Klaus Biesenbach’s shot of Marina Abramovic at breakfast at the Edition Hotel on Wednesday morning, her hand on her forehead in a pantomime of exhaustion, skin glowing in the Florida light, which he captioned, “Omg it only just begun.” As of Friday morning, the photo had 1,309 “likes” and spawned two other less successful imitations on his feed (of Jordan Wolfson and Marilyn Minter), which he showed me past midnight on Thursday while he was emerging out of a deli near the Edition, where he was staying, too, holding a bag of late-night snacks, and I was on my way to a gay dance party in the hotel’s basement.He’d forgotten in the aftermath of the frenetic self-regard of
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James Franco & Lana Del Rey Check Out “Child of God” NYC Premiere

He never seems to slow down, and James Franco was pleased to present his latest project “Child of God” at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City last night (July 30).

The “Palo Alto” hunk smiled for the cameras and mingled with fellow attendees such as rumored love interest Lana Del Rey, who came to the event with Museum of Modern Art curator Klaus Biesenbach.

In addition to starring in the movie, Franco also wrote and directed “Child of God,” slated for limited release on Friday (August 1).

Per the synopsis, “A dispossessed, violent man's life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation.”
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New Doc to Explore a Year in the Life of the Very Busy James Franco

Have you had enough of James Franco yet? Well, no matter what your answer, you're going to get more. Franco has become a renaissance man of art in all forms from painting to filmmaking and even some poetry in between. You might be wondering how a man who has been involved and linked to nearly three dozen projects on film and television alone has time for everything. And soon we'll find out. The Wrap has learned that first-time filmmaker Lisa Vangellow is directing and producing Franco: A Documentary, which will dive into a year in the professional and personal life of the Oscar-nominated star of all sorts of films. The documentary is already near completion, and will likely feature plenty of Franco's famous friends, collaborators and more. Friend and frequent co-star Seth Rogen has been confirmed to be in the film along with Klaus Biesenbach, curator of New York's Museum of Modern Art.
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'James Franco: A Documentary' Nears Completion

'James Franco: A Documentary' Nears Completion
In addition to being seemingly everywhere all of the time, actor James Franco will now be the subject of a documentary. First-time director Lisa Vangellow began shooting Franco: A Documentary last June, capturing the actor's controversies in the art and academic worlds as well as his career in film and on Broadway, The Wrap reports. Franco's family and friends, including Seth Rogen and New York Museum of Modern Art chief curator-at-large Klaus Biesenbach, are expected to appear in the film. The documentary is currently in the early editing stages.

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James Franco's life is -- of course -- a documentary

James Franco's life is -- of course -- a documentary
It all makes sense now. Sort of. James Franco has been a willing subject in a documentary about his life for the last year. One of his film students at UCLA, Lisa Vangellow, is directing the nearly-completed film, which promises to “examine the incredible stamina and work ethic that James Franco possesses and how he incorporates this into his various areas of artistic interest,” according to Vangellow’s production company’s website.

According to The Wrap, Franco. A Documentary enjoyed access to Franco colleagues, including Seth Rogen and Klaus Biesenbach of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Curtiss Clayton
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Brace Yourselves, There's Going to Be a James Franco Documentary

Just in case you don't get enough of James Franco from his acting career, his directing career, his screenwriting career, his performance art career, his book writing career, his poetry, his angry, viral Instagram, or his myriad academic endeavors, fear not, more Franco is heading our way! According to The Wrap, a documentary focused on Franco from first time director Lisa Vangellow is almost complete. The film will follow a year in his professional and personal life, because apparently someone thought that he's not overexposed enough already.  "Franco: A Documentary" started filming in June 2013  and is now being edited by Veteran Curtiss Clayton, who is also cutting Franco's upcoming "Bukowski." Klaus Biesenbach, chief curator-at-large of New York's Museum of Modern Art, and Seth Rogen are also said to be featured in the film. Sadly, no word on any appearance from New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley, whom Franco called a "little bitch" after.
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Documentary following year in James Franco's life nears completion

The documentary from first-time director Lisa Vangellow will follow the actor and hyphenate culture vulture as he faces controversy and hits Broadway

A documentary following a year in the life of James Franco is nearing completion according to The Wrap, after it began shooting in June last year.

From first-time director Lisa Vangellow, Franco: A Documentary will follow both Franco's professional and personal life, and will apparently feature Franco's actor friend Seth Rogen as well as the director of New York's Museum of Modern Art, Klaus Biesenbach.

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There’s Going to Be a James Franco Documentary

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There’s Going to Be a James Franco Documentary
There's been a whole lot of James Franco out there lately, and we're about to be treated to yet another generous helping of everyone's favorite professional dilettante. According to The Wrap, a documentary chronicling "a year in the personal and professional life of Oscar-nominated actor James Franco" is on its way, courtesy of first-time director Lisa Vangellow. Franco: A Documentary started filming last June and is in the early editing stages. Sources close to the production told The Wrap that Klaus Biesenbach, chief curator-at-large of New York's Museum of Modern Art, and Seth Rogen are both expected to appear in the film, which will follow Franco's exploits in art, academia, theater, and film. Hopefully this project will finally allow James Franco's creative endeavors to get the publicity they deserve.
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James Franco Documentary in the Works From First-Time Director (Exclusive)

James Franco Documentary in the Works From First-Time Director (Exclusive)
A documentary following a year in the professional and personal life of Oscar-nominated actor James Franco is nearing completion from first-time director Lisa Vangellow, TheWrap has learned. Also read: ‘Palo Alto’ Review: James Franco's Compassionate Look at a Teenage Wasteland “Franco: A Documentary,” which started filming in June 2013, will focus on Franco's controversial exploits in academia and the art world, as well as touch on his conventional film career and Broadway debut. Vangellow, who also produced the documentary, had access to Franco's family and close friends. Seth Rogen and Klaus Biesenbach, curator of New York's Museum of Modern Art,
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The New York Film Festival and Sony Pictures Classics honour Cate Blanchett

Philip Seymour Hoffman has Cate Blanchett's attention Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze In less than 24 hours, Blue Jasmine star, the incomparable Cate Blanchett, was honoured with a New York Film Festival gala tribute at Lincoln Center and a Sony Pictures Classics luncheon at Le Cirque. Blanchett was celebrated by friends and colleagues including Alec Baldwin, Woody Allen, Bobby Cannavale, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marina Abramovic, Klaus Biesenbach, as well as Jim Jarmusch, whose Only Lovers Left Alive, starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston has its Us Premiere at this year's festival.

At the luncheon organised with style by Peggy Siegal in celebration of Woody Allen's latest film last Thursday, Sony Pictures Classics presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard toasted the actress.

Cate Blanchett arrives at New York's Le Cirque for Sony Pictures Classics celebration of Blue Jasmine Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze "We're all here for the sublime Cate. Thank you for everything
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Patti Smith Performs Surprise Show At The Beach

Rockaway Beach, a Queens neighborhood hit hard by Hurricane Sandy in October, is still rough around the edges. Five months later, houses near the water look abandoned, and the boardwalk is still in shambles. But weary residents received some great news on Friday, when they arrived at MoMa PS1's Vw Dome 2 next to the beach to see what was promoted as "a special performance": Patti Smith was the star of the show.

Andrea Gidder and Steve Fox, two Rockaway residents who have been living in the area since 1980, spoke to HuffPost about the large number of artists and curators who have recently moved to the area. "The community that's moved in here for the Renaissance of Rockaway has been terrific," Gidder said. "They didn't abandon us." Fox shrugged, saying, "They should've charged something and given it to the Rockaway recovery, but whatever!"

Klaus Biesenbach, director of MoMa PS
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Is Tilda Swinton Sleeping in a Box at MoMA Today?

Is Tilda Swinton Sleeping in a Box at MoMA Today?
This Saturday, during the first weekend of the New Directors/New Films festival at New York's Museum of Modern Art, it was announced that indie queen Tilda Swinton would be bringing back a 1995 performance that debuted at the Serpentine Gallery in London and went on to be performed in Rome and Paris. In the performance, "The Maybe," Swinton lays in a glass box with a sheet-covered mattress, pillow, eyeglasses and water. MoMA curator Klaus Biesenbach, who has kept a high profile recently after bringing Kraftwerk and Marina Abramovic to the museum (he is featured heavily in Matthew Akers' film "Marina Abramovic The Artist is Present."), worked with Swinton to mount her work this year at the MoMA. According to a report from Gothamist, Swinton will show up unannounced for a day at a time at the museum and museum staff will not know she is there until the day of a performance.
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