ARTS IN THE NEWS
A brief overview at the big events across the art world
Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 12:10
In SoHo from Friday, Oct. 5 through Tuesday, Oct. 9, Yoko Ono is presenting “The Artwork of John Lennon,” a free exhibition featuring upwards of 100 drawings by John Lennon. The exhibition includes three never-before-seen pieces by Lennon. Although the exhibition is free, a $2 donation is encouraged and all proceeds go to Citymeals-on-Wheels, a non-profit that brings meals to homebound elderly. The showing marks what would have been Lennon’s 72nd birthday.
Tereska Torrès, the French writer who accidentally wrote America’s first lesbian pulp novel, died Thursday, Sept. 20 at the age of 92. Though she wrote several memoirs and over a dozen novels, Torrès is best known for her 1950 paperback “Women’s Barracks,” which sold over four million copies and has been translated into 12 languages. The book was condemned immediately after its release by the House Select Committee on Current Pornographic Materials, who stopped short of banning the book because of the narrator’s disapproval of all of the depicted actions—a last minute change by her publisher before the book was printed. Torrès is survived by three children, a step-child, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi,” a film adaptation of the book of the same name by Canadian writer Yann Martel, premiered in 3-D as the opener to the 50th New York Film Festival on Friday, Sept. 28. The major non-competitive film festival that was founded in 1963 will continue through Oct. 14, closing with the highly-anticipated “Flight” by director Robert Zemeckis.
The creator of the television show “Downton Abbey,” Julian Fellowes, is currently working on a prequel to the show. As of now, Fellows is writing in novel form but expect a TV adaptation of the work soon after. The prequel focuses on the budding relationship between the Earl of Grantham, Robert Crawley, and the American Cora Levinson. “Downton Abbey,” an extremely popular British period drama that airs on PBS in the United States, is now in its third season.