George Hickenlooper’s 2006 Factory Girl, Thomas Crow’s Lives of Allegory, and Stephen Koch’s Biography of Andy Warhol Stargazer each offer different perspectives and biases about the relationship between pop artist icon Warhol and Hollywood socialite-turned-drug-addict Edie Sedgwick. While similar in some respects, each author assigns Warhol a different responsibility in Sedgwick’s dark turn. Hickenlooper’s film […]Read More “Factory Girl”
Unlike The Agony and the Ecstasy, where the artist Michelangelo is portrayed as a near-infallible hero, Ed Harris’s 2000 Pollock goes in different direction, not afraid of showing Jackson Pollock ‘s most negative moments, including his alcoholism, adultery, anger and domestic abuse. Pollock was not afraid to expel the negative myths associated with Jackson Pollock […]Read More Jackson “Pollock”
In the film Marina Abramovic, directors Matthew Akers and Jeff Dupre offer viewers a glimpse into the often controversial and taboo topic of performance art. The documentary follows the title character, one of the icons of performance art, and integrates her historical pieces, her current pieces, and her reasoning behind them. According to Robert C. […]Read More “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present”
When Stephen Koch writes that the death of Edie Sedgwick is a parallel inverted twin to Valerie Solanis’s attempt at murdering him, he is suggesting that Warhol, inadvertently, caused the demise of both women. Sedgwick was much more defenseless, and impressionable, who coped with her loss of control by turning to drugs, while Solanis was […]Read More “I Shot Andy Warhol”
In Cutie and the Boxer, Zachary Heinzerling gives the underappreciated and now elderly boxing painter Ushio Shinohara his long overdue adulation. While the film has many shots of Ushio’s work, it was much more than a documentary about art; it is one that shows how a couple, who have been married the past four decades, […]Read More “Cutie and the Boxer”
The opening scene of Julian Schnabel’s 1996 Basquiat begins with a voice-over narration adapted from Rene Ricard’s essay “The Radiant Child”. Before this, intercut with the opening credits, the film opens with a young Basquit experiencing his first art gallery and being inspired by it, silently over a track of the Pogues’ classic “Fairytale in […]Read More “Basquiat”
While the fine line between broadcast television and video art may appear vague at first glance, author Michael Rush establishes some important differences between the two. Broadcast television, for example, exists to convey information outside of aesthetics to its viewers, whether that be for sports, entertainment, or news. Because art lies in the intentionality of […]Read More Is the Beautification of Art Objective or Personal?