Around the time that Zinedine Zidane retired last year, artists Douglas Gordan and Philippe Parrono took their film Zinedine Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait to Cannes, an unexpectedly awesome final hurrah for the French soccer legend. Shot using 17 different cameras, the film follows Zidane over a typical 90-minute match between Real Madrid and Villareal, flipping between sweaty-nosed close-ups and sublime lone ranger moments of complete solitude. The Guggenheim is the movie's new permanent home and premiered it last week with the help of Adidas on two mega screens at the foot of the gallery's spiraling art dome--you really get the feeling that all the intense knobbly-knee perspiration makes far more sense in this space than it could in any screening room. Doug and Phillippe were at the party a-mingling, but alas, no Zidane! Still it's probably the only chance this year that we'll get to see beardo Dash Snow with all his clothes on.
March 20, 2007