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On this week’s Culturefest, our critics are joined by Slate Brow Beat editor David Haglund to discuss the award-winning indie darling, Beasts of the Southern Wild. They consider the movie’s ambition, scope, and DIY ethic as well as its potentially fetishizing gaze. The Gabfesters are then joined by Slate contributor and Barneys Creative Ambassador-at-Large Simon Doonan to discuss how the mashing up of art with fashion and popular culture has lead to the art world’s currently loathsome state. Finally, Slate music critic Jody Rosen sits in to first talk about Beck’s Song Reader and the legacy of sheet music in popular American music and then to join in on the Culturefest rendition of Beck’s “Do We? We Do.”
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
- Dana Stevens’ review for Slate of Beasts of the Southern Wild.
- From the New York Times, A.O. Scott’s review of Beasts of the Southern Wild and an article on the making of the movie.
- The co-stars of the movie, Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry.
- The filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson.
- Simon Doonan for Slate on the current state of the art world.
- The “grandmother of performance art,” Marina Abramović.
- The artists Dan Flavin, Damien Hirst, and Rachel Whiteread.
- Art collector and gallerist Charles Saatchi.
- Working artists whose work Simon recommends: John-Paul Philippé, Malcolm Hill, and Ruben Toledo.
- Beck’s new folio of sheet music, Song Reader, and the website that features readers’ and musicians’ renditions of its songs.
- Geeta Dayal for Slate on Song Reader.
- The Beck album Odelay, produced by The Dust Brothers.
- Jody’s favorite online sheet music repositories, The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music and Sheet Music Consortium.
- The composer and lyricist, Irving Berlin.
- Recent hit singles “Call Me Maybe” and “Gangnam Style.”
Dana’s pick: The documentary Gerhard Richter Painting, about the German artist and his ability to continue to create art with skill and craft.
Jody’s picks: Vanity Fair’s “Oral History of Freaks and Geeks” and three favorite songs of 2012: Justin Bieber’s “Die in Your Arms,” Alan Jackson’s “So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore,” and “Merry Go 'Round” by Kacey Musgraves.
Stephen’s pick: The Rolling Stones recent performance of “Gimme Shelter” with Mary J. Blige, offered as a mea culpa for recent negative comments about the group’s longevity.
Outro: “Die in Your Arms” by Justin Bieber
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