’74Picks | September 7-13

Here’s your curated ‘74Picks, around-up of the best to read, watch, listen, and do this week. From the second episode of the new ‘74PODCAST series Out of Focus featuring Tom Sachs, and Charlie Kaufman’s newest psychological drama I’m Thinking of Ending Things to our title pick “When Great Photographers Meet Great Artists” and Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye’s upcoming exhibition at ARTER.

LISTEN: Out Of Focus – Episode #2: Tom Sachs

In the second episode of Out of Focus, Tom Sachs talks to Merve Çağlar about how he has spent his days in lockdown and how this period manifested his opinions on anti-consumerism. Beginning from his early years, Çağlar and Sachs delve into his technique of bricolage and DIY as well as his most recent ISRU Project. Sachs also comments on how rituals can save us.

READ: Magnum Artists: When Great Photographers Meet Great Artists

Portrait of Keith Haring in New York, 1980. Photo by Micha Bar-Am. Courtesy of Magnum Photos and Laurence King Publishing.

Out from Rizzoli, a brand new book, Magnum Artists: When Great Photographers Meet Great Artists brings together a collection of over 200 photographs that define the unique relationship between the world’s greatest photography collective and the world’s greatest artists. Since the 1930s, Magnum Photos has documented the world’s major events and personalities. For the first time, Magnum Artists brings together a collection of over 200 photographs that define the unique relationship between the world’s greatest photographers and the world’s greatest artists. 

Featured subjects include Matisse and Picasso by Robert Capa, Takashi Murakami by Olivia Arthur, Warhol, and de Kooning by Thomas Hoepker, Bonnard by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Kiki Smith by Susan Meiselas, and many more. The book features candid portraits of some of the most influential men and women to shape visual culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

WATCH: I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Charlie Kaufman

‘74PICKS film suggestion is I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020) by Charlie Kaufman.

Written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, ‘74PICKS film suggestion is I’m Thinking of Ending Things. The film is based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Iain Reid and stars Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette, and David Thewlis. An unhinged journey that takes you through several genres defying the continuum of time and place, Kaufman’s new masterpiece does not disappoint. Watch it on Netflix.

LOOK: “Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio” at Nottingham Contemporary

’74PICKS | Grace Jones, NYC, 1970s. Photograph by Anthony Barboza.

A cross between fan-fiction, study, and biography, Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio departs from the iconic singer’s career and her collaborations with artists, designers, photographers, and musicians to question black image-making and gender binarism as well as both performance and the performance of life.

In 1979, Grace Jones had her face molded by her collaborator and then-partner Jean-Paul Goude to produce multiple ultra-realist masks. These were intended to be worn by fellow musicians, performers, and models, but were also for herself. Grace Jones had multiplied, turned herself into sculpture and serial form – an armada of Grace. 

Departing from the observation that Grace Jones is not one but multiple, the exhibition Grace Before Jones: Camera, Disco, Studio unfurls a range of Grace Joneses: from disco queen to dub cyborg; Jamaican to French; runway model to nightclub performer; black to white; feminine to masculine.

DO: Visit “Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye: Repetition” at ARTER, Istanbul

’74PICKS | Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye, Untitled, 2019. Photography by Hadiye Cangökçe.

Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye: Repetition will open on September 10th at Arter Museum in Istanbul, and will run until January 2021. Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye’s solo exhibition “Repetition” brings together stoneware bowls the artist created in 2019 specially for this exhibition. By minimizing the variation in size, shape, and color in her works, Alev Ebüzziya invites the audience to discover the subtle nuances among the repeated forms.

The exhibition borrows its title from Søren Kierkegaard’s book Repetition, published in 1843. The inquiries addressed in the book on “whether or not repetition is possible, what significance it holds, and whether something is gained or lost in being repeated” provide insight into the principles of Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye’s ceramic art, which she has been producing since the 1960s.