ACFNY SUPPORTED | FILM SCREENING
RICHARD ARTSCHWAGER: SHUT UP AND LOOK
MONDAY, NOV 26 2012, 06:30 PM
Richard Artschwager: Shut Up and Look
Directed by Maryte Kavaliauskas
He is an enigma, a magician, a maverick and according to Richard Armstrong, director of the Guggenheim Museum, 'goddamn oblique!' Richard Artschwager: Shut Up and Look is the story of Richard Artschwager, the 88 year old American artist, whose works command hundreds of thousands of dollars, yet fame eludes him. The Whitney Museum is currently showing a retrospective of Artschwager’s work, on view through February 3, 2013. The film provides an intimate look at this extraordinarily gifted man, who late in life, abandons a reclusive lifestyle and allows the camera into the private world of his studio, his personal life and revisiting his colorful past. Agnes Gund, John Torreano and Malcolm Morley reveal the personal side of a very quirky, irreverent man, who continues to confound the critics by redefining his work and influencing a new generation of artist.
Richard Artschwager: Shut Up and Look also narrates the episode of his life that took place in Vienna, where he was assigned to an intelligence posting after World War II. It was also there that he met his wife, Elfriede Wejmelka.
The film “is directed by Maryte Kavaliauskas […] and produced by Morning Slayter, a private art dealer and appraiser in New York. The pair began work on Richard Artschwager: Shut Up and Look about eight years ago, when he was 80, and shot it intermittently over the next six years. […] The film spans Mr. Artschwager’s life to date and his various idiosyncratic series of artworks, including figurative paintings on Celotex, Formica sculptures that look like furniture and “blps,” monochromatic sculptures and wall pieces shaped like knockwursts.” (- Andrew Russeth, GalleristNY)
Director Maryte Kavaliauskas will attend the screening.
[Image courtesy Long Tail Films Inc.]