Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 14th 2015 Contents Works from two of T&T s most
celebrated artists are showing in
an exhibition that opened at 101
Art Gallery on June 6. The
Baneys--Vera and Ralph--Works
from their Studios includes recent
and classic artwork from the
artists private collection.
"Masterpieces by Vera Baney,
master ceramist, will feature her
sculptural pots with her signature
blue coloured glaze that few
ceramists achieved," said a release
from the gallery.
"Master sculptor Ralph Baney's
recent works will be featured; some
of his last works as recent as 2013,
as well as his classic pieces that
highlight his signature style of
smooth, elegant and organic forms."
Both artists made significant
contributions to the cultural land-
scape of T&T, as well as to the art
world in general. Ralph Baney's
works are in public and private col-
lections throughout the world,
including the National Museum.
Private collectors of his work include
Queen Elizabeth II. Vera's work is
in the collection of Scotia Bank
T&T and the Washington County
Museum of Fine Arts in Maryland,
USA. A mosaic mural of Vera's is
in the chapel of Bishop Anstey High
Both artists hold honorary doc-
torate degrees from the University
of the West Indies for their con-
tributions to art and their achieve-
ment in their work as artists.
Ralph passed away, suddenly and
unexpectedly, at his home in Ellicott
City, Maryland, last year January.
His wife, Vera, predeceased him in
The exhibition closes June 19.
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt June 14, 2015
A rare treat
Yet another great Sunday for wide-
ranging film choice in which the Also
Rans are dominated by recent top picks
including the definitive anti-exploitation
film (*12 Years a Slave, 7.20 pm HBOS
BEST FILM OF THE DAY), a contender for the Best Western Ever Shot (*Once
Upon a Time in the West, 4.25 pm FoxClas), the second---or even first---
funniest film of 2013 (*We're the Millers, 1.05 pm MaxP) the Wachowskis
at their best (only good?) (*The Matrix, 10.45 am Max), a sci-fi flick that
shows just how shallow the Wachowskis are (Her, 1.45 pm Max), a terrific
existentialist Bill Murray comedy (*Groundhog Day, 4.40 pm TCM) and a
certain future pick, the only film that rivals today's top pick for cinematography,
itself nominated for the Oscar (The Grandmaster, 8 pm Max). There are also
the definitive "Midnight Movie" (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1 pm
FoxClas), the hilarious third instalment of what might be the best semi-
intellectual comedy franchise (Little Fockers, 12.05 noon Fox Mov), a great
Sam Peckinpah Western starring Bob Dylan on the soundtrack and the set
(Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, 8.35 am Space, but watch it in HD on DirecTV
at 10.40 am) and Chris Rock's provocative American documentary that could
have been shot here (Good Hair, 7.20 pm ISat). High-def also makes worthwhile
that one scene in that otherwise entirely forgettable movie (The Perfect
Storm, 2.06 pm SpcHD).
TODAY'S NUMBER ONE FILM:
Prisoners (Denis Villeneuve/ 2013/ USA/ Crime-Thriller-Drama / 153
mins/ R for disturbing violent content including torture and language through-
out), 9 pm Fox Movies. Watch this if you liked The Silence of the Lambs,
Tell No One or No Country for Old Men. The best thriller BC on TV has
seen since The Silence of the Lambs doesn't depend on a cannibal serial
murderer gimmick but on more traditional attention-grabbers (which Silence
also had), like an excellent script, exceptional performances (particularly from
Hugh Jackman as the distraught and motivated-to-the-point-of-fixated
father, Paul Dano as the man-child prime suspect and Jake Gyllenhaal as the
detective), flawless direction and edge-of-seat tension throughout. The cin-
ematography---by the Coen Brothers' Roger Deakins---was deservedly nominated
for the Oscar, making, as it does, scary secondary characters out of a camper
van taillight and the bark of a tree, even if it lost to Emmanuel Lubezki's
recreation of space in Gravity. Superb.
The Illusionist (Neil Burger/ 2006/ Czech Republic-USA/ Thriller-Mys-
tery-Drama/ 110 mins/ PG-13 for some sexuality and violence), 7.25 pm
CineCanal -- 7.40 pm High Def. Watch this if you liked The Prestige, The
Usual Suspects or The Magician of Lublin. Neil Burger's stirring adaptation
of the Steven Millhauser short story is a rare treat from an even rarer source:
Hollywood. Based on a sharp script and solid direction of immaculate per-
formances, The Illusionist happens also to be a thoroughly watchable mystery
thriller. Some might wish for a little more grunge but that would be pedantry.
An exceptional Phillip Glass soundtrack renders the whole thing all but
flawless. Not a literary worth, to be sure, but, as a lovely blend of period
piece and well-paced whodunit, it delivers in spades. Think of it as The Usual
Suspects meets Pride and Prejudice. The thinking punter's version of The
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Jeff Tremaine/ 2013/ USA/ Inane Com-
edy-Faux Documentary/ 92 mins/ R for strong crude and sexual content
throughout, language, some graphic nudity and brief drug use), 8.50 am Fox
Movies. Watch this if you liked Bad Santa, Bruno or any of the other Jackass
movies. The Taliban would not approve of Johnny Knoxville and the Jackass
Crew, and they're right. Jackass represents everything the West has got wrong
out of freedom of speech: mockery taken not just too far, but done so with
gusto; humour bordering on outright cruelty; and an insouciant disregard
for propriety. But they are as insanely funny as they are simply insane. Johnny
Knoxville, disguised as an aged grandfather, takes a small boy on a hidden
camera road trip across the US to collect the Welfare payments on him,
unspringing, along the way, fall-down-laughing comedy from sources as
unlikely at the US Postal Service, seniors bingo and child beauty pageants.
Very offensive and very, very funny.
*Starred films have been chosen in the last three months. Scheduled Internet
times often vary on the day, particularly around month-end.
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
Visit 101artgallery.com and
Baney studio works
for sale at 101
Baney studio works
for sale at 101
Courier of Our Times, a 1986 work
in black locust by Ralph Baney.
IMAGE COURTESY 101 ART GALLERY
From left: Paul Giamatti, Edward Norton and Jessica Biel in The Illusionist.
Akashic Books has invited writers
to submit flash fiction to its new
online series, Duppy Thursday.
A release sent by the publisher
said, "Though we're based in
Brooklyn, our location envy of the
Caribbean is evident throughout
our catalogue. One aspect of
Caribbean literature that appeals
to us is the integration of folklore
into contemporary stories---a perfect
example being Jamaican author
Marlon James's debut novel John
Crow's Devil, which we published
to great critical acclaim in 2005.
"Whether it be the spider Anansi,
the devil woman La Diablesse, the
Soucouyant, Mama Dlo, or Papa
Bois, these mythical beings have
injected life (and death) into the lit-
erature of the region."
Akashic is not offering payment
for the stories.
Stories should be 750 words or
less, and Akashic would have first
digital rights; rights revert to the
author on publication. Stories
should be set in a Caribbean loca-
tion and incorporate some aspect
of folklore, whether centrally or
tangentially. They must also include
the location and the referenced folk
tale or figure of the story with your
Looking for spooky flash fiction
by Vera Baney.
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