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Pop culture loves cycling through endless reiterations of classic characters like Sherlock Holmes, but one recent update of an old literary figure stands out from the rest. The French TV series Lupin is a contemporary spin on Arsène Lupin, Maurice Leblanc’s early 20th century creation which essentially set the template for the “gentleman thief” archetype. Each episode perfectly provides an intriguing setup followed by a delightful series of twists. The thrill of these stories is always when they reveal how even we the viewers have been fooled by the charming rogue, and Lupin‘s buildups and payoffs are a continual delight. (The first episode climaxes with the indelible image of a sports car stuck at the bottom of the Louvre’s inverted glass pyramid.)
The tremendously charismatic Omar Sy has finally found a fitting star vehicle after years of thankless roles since his breakout hit The Intouchables. He plays Assane Diop, a master of deception who was inspired to become a thief by the Lupin stories as a youth. The series follows the various schemes he concocts as part of his mission to figure out who framed his father for the theft of a valuable necklace decades before. This has been a consistent bright spot at the beginning of my year, and any other crime show lovers should absolutely seek it out.
The first five episodes of Lupin are now available on Netflix.
The University of Virginia researchers wrote that the data “provides compelling evidence that these symbols are associated with hate.”
We are waiting for spectacle and when the quotidian, yet incongruous actions occur I wonder whether there is any real payoff coming.
Hear from Holly Jean Buck, Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, Simon Denny, Elizabeth Hoover, Renee Kemp-Rotan, Joseph Kunkel, and more at this free public event.
Tanega’s approach to mark-making comes across as stream of consciousness, as if she’s engaged in a conversation with herself.
Starting Monday, readers can borrow one of 50 rare and out-of-print titles, mailed to them completely free of charge, from Saint Heron Library.
EFA Open Studios offers a portal into the creative habitats of over 65 artists working in Manhattan’s longest-running studio program, including Dannielle Tegeder, Wafaa Bilal, Cui Fei, and Anina Major.
This is Yuskavage’s great gift, turning upside down our settled ways of thinking and seeing and, with ease, transforming the vulgar and ridiculous into the sublime.
51 international publishers and galleries showcase their latest editions in prints and artists’ books at this free public fair, which is fully online this year.
While hardly about the pandemic, or any of the other crises so afflicting us, all are invoked in this exhibition, which is also often tender and profoundly soulful.
These glowing, dynamic artworks reproduce something of Bosch’s chaotic energy, but on an immersive, multi-sensory scale.
This week, addressing a transphobic comedy special on Netflix, the story behind KKK hoods, cultural identity fraud, an anti-Semitic take on modern art, and more.