artist Marina Abramovic uses herself as a canvas
Marina Abramovic is called the Grandmother
of Performance Art, but she’s not like any grandmother
I’ve ever known. In the documentary “Marina
Abramovic: The Artist Is Present” (Monday, 8
p.m., HBO), Abramovic shows that she is still
committed to messing with our minds after a
long and painful career in the artistic trenches.
And I mean “painful” quite literally. Abramovic’s
canvas is her often-naked body, and she has
submitted it to slapping, fasting, whipping
and other indignities to challenge our notions
We learn what makes her tick and what her work
signifies on the eve of a retrospective at the
Museum of Modern Art. As a TV critic who watches
the same-old same-old every day, I appreciate
her fervent desire to make us see life afresh.
After experiencing her work, you’ll never again
take sitting in a chair or walking through a
doorway for granted.
I only request that, after you finish reading
this blurb, you slather it with mustard and
‘Take Me Out’
Thursday, 7 p.m. (Fox)
In this dating series, one dude after another
tries to impress a bunch of dimwitted women
standing at consoles. If he’s not hunky enough,
they switch off the console’s light. “If you’re
not turned on, turn off!” brays host George
Lopez is just awful in his role as the so-called
Love Doctor. He seems to think his jokes are
funny just because they’re raunchy.
I’m ready to sue the Love Doctor for malpractice.