London “Company”: No Room For Dancing!

Reconsidering “The B-52s

Each week, Pitchfork takes an in-depth look at a significant album from the past, and any record not in its archives is eligible. Here, the site revisits the debut from the B-52s, a bastion of provocative post-punk unlike anything else.

Family Reunited In Hals Painting In Toledo

Portraits of the Van Campen family, painted by Frans Hals in around 1623, will be reunited for the first time in centuries in an exhibition opening in the US, thanks to the efforts of conservators. The discovery of the figure of a small girl during the cleaning of a work at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, in Brussels, led experts to determine that three portraits from different international collections once formed one large work. The travelling show Frans Hals Portraits: a Family Reunion, which has just opened at the Toledo Museum of Art (until 6 January 2019), brings together two works that have long been accepted as being parts of the same painting—the Ohio institution’s Van Campen Family Portrait in a Landscape (around 1623-25) and the recently restored and renamed Children of the Van Campen Family with a Goat-Cart from the Brussels museum—with the Head of a Boy, a much smaller portrait, now in a private collection.

Your Weekend: A Selective Guide

Movies: I can’t wait to see “First Man,” about NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon. Timothee Chalamet is receiving raves for his performance in “Beautiful Boy.” TV/Streaming: “Apostle” is now available on Netflix. On Friday, PBS brings us “Shakespeare Uncovered” — “Much Ado About Nothing” with Helen Hunt. Music: It’s a little insane how “A Star Is Born” has taken over all the music charts. It’s never too late to learn about Lil Green. Books: Murukami’s new novel is “Killing Commendatore.” Sports: I’m still recovering from the Yankees’ playoff humiliation. Not sure I care who wins the World Series now. Finally: It’s leaf-peeping weather!

New Album From Kurt Vile: It’s Not Dreck

Rolling Stone tells us: ‘Singing the existential blues made the Philly songwriter famous. With his great new album, ‘Bottle It In,’ he’s just looking for a good time and a calm mind.’

Helen Molesworth Chews On “Termite Art”

Now, this is an interesting report: ‘Helen Molesworth, who was the chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles until March this year, also faced another challenge with her final show at the museum, One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art (14 October-11 March 2019): defining what exactly “termite art” is. For this hybrid show—partly a monograph on the late painter Manny Farber, who in 1962 wrote the underground essay White Elephant Art vs Termite Art, and partly a group show of such termite-tending artists—Molesworth grappled with the meaning of her chosen theme so much that she ends up discussing that in the exhibition catalogue. When she first shared the idea with colleagues, “people would look at me blankly and I would just mumble, defeated, ‘The show is basically about still life,’” she writes in a rare display of curatorial self-doubt.’

Stockholm: A Great LGBTQ Destination


Stockholm’s Pride Week shows why the city is one of the world’s most enjoyable GLBT destinations.

by Brendan Lemon

The first sign that my trip to Stockholm would be wonderful (the first sign, that if, after a silky smooth ride on SAS from Newark to the Swedish capital) was the taxicab that picked me up at the city’s well-organized airport. The cab sported a decal that said “Stockholm Pride.” I thought this sign was unique to that automobile until I was whisked into the city center and noticed that every other taxi also seemed to have this notice. Not only that: the city’s buses were flying rainbow flags. Had I died and gone to gay heaven? Read more »