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FIVE MOVIES ON ART AND ARTISTS

The cinema is perhaps one of the best tools to account for the life of artists or the history of works that, over time, have been constituted as pillars for the development of current art. putlocker Films that delve into the specific aspects of a style, artistic movement or the life of an artist are presented as the perfect material to approach fascinating stories and open the door to the understanding and enjoyment of art. movie4k made a selection of five films about art and artists that are definitely worth seeing. The idea of ​​this cinematographic route is to approach a series of periods, starting from the cave paintings in the cave of Chauvet, until arriving at the contemporary time; Going through the first decades of the twentieth century in Mexico and the late seventies in New York.

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS

Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a documentary made by Werner Herzog in 2010. Those familiar with the style of the German director will know that the film is loaded with a drama, which, this time is mainly due to the choice of music and Narrative that accompany it. For less than an hour and a half, Herzog enters the cave of Chauvet in Ardeche, France, to film the oldest rock paintings discovered so far. In addition, he conducts a series of interviews with a team of archaeologists, art historians and paleontologists who since 1994 have studied the structure of the cave, bones found and patterns of drawings on rock formations.

Despite the difficult conditions Herzog faces at the time of recording, images of rock paintings and stalactite formations are impressive. The team plays with the lights to try to understand how the drawings were viewed in the light of the torches, which produces a beautiful result; A movement in the figures that alludes to a stampede and for a moment gives life to the inanimate. Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a valuable documentary, not only because it evidences pictorial expressions that were made without any aesthetic preconception billions of years ago, but also because it shows the importance that the image has had for the development of society since the origin of times.

Understanding the relationship that the first men had with the images is difficult task, nevertheless, the paintings evidence the magical character attributed to them and that still they possess today. Undoubtedly, this is one of those documentaries that opens the door to the discussion on whether cave drawings are the first artistic expression to exist. In this effect, it is worth seeing and constructing an opinion based on the nature of the paintings, because as we ignore the beginning of the language, we also ignore what was the art, and only a real approach to the images and their Function, at the same time as the studies that have allowed to understand how they were made and what was its objective, can clarify one of the questions that have marked the History of the Art from its beginning until today.

 

FRIDA

Frida is a film directed by Julie Taymor and Miramax Films, produced by companies VentanaRosa and Lion Gate Films in 2002. This drama that for two hours tells the life of one of the most important Mexican painters of the twentieth century: Frida Kahlo , Focuses mainly on the artist’s strength in the face of her accident and her relationship with Diego Rivera, one of the most outstanding muralists of the beginning of the last century. The story is based on the book that the American historian Hayden Herrera wrote about the life of Frida, evidenced in the importance that is given to the biographical details about her sentimental life, the consequences of the incident that left her invalid and The development of his artistic work.

One of the most interesting and beautiful elements of the film, beyond the window that opens to the knowledge of the life of the artist, is the way in which the paintings come alive and merge with the scenes of reality; It could be said that in a sort of attempt to bring the essence of surrealism to the big screen. The vibrant colors and texture of the pigments become real through stop-motion  and blend with the dreams that the protagonist has, and from which derive their works. This makes the film oscillate between reality and illusion, which is, finally, the strongest feature of Kahlo’s work.

Without a doubt, Frida is a film that sows a seed of interest regarding the development of Mexican art in the first decades of the twentieth century, both by the art of Kahlo and that of her husband Diego Rivera. In the same way, it shows the importance of art during the Zapatista revolution and the art-political relationship, which still crosses the manifestations of contemporary art, not only in Latin America but worldwide. Finally, the film gives a significant weight to the influence that the Mexican culture and the indigenismo had in the work of Frida without falling in clichés, at the same time that it appreciates the humanistic ideas that were conceived in the time and the opinion of the woman , However controversial it may be.

 

BASQUIAT

Basquiat is a film directed by Julian Schnabel in 1996. The 108-minute drama focuses on the life of the American artist Jean-Michelle Basquiat, who went from living on the street and painting graffiti under the pseudonym of SAMO, to become One of the most important neo-expressionist painters of the 1980s. The atmosphere of the film accounts for the post-punk period in New York when street art began to establish itself as a form of expression accepted by the elites, Therefore, it began to be exhibited in the important galleries of the city. Schnabel brings the viewer to an underground world  in which painters and musicians gathered in places such as the Mudd Club and cultural spaces in  Soho, 

The art of Basquiat draws on elements of post-war expressionism in the United States, and, moreover, has a strong influence from its Haitian and Puerto Rican roots. This undoubtedly opens a question about the place of the black artist in the American society of the time, because as his fame grew, he had to face comments and criticisms regarding his race that seemed to condition the Form in which his art was interpreted. That said,  Basquiat  is a film worth seeing, not only for its biographical approach but also for the inclusion of scenarios, characters and music that bring the observer closer to the New York of the 80’s. However, it must be borne in mind that Can become a bit harsh, since as the artist advances in the scale of social recognition,

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP

Exit Through the Gift Shop  is a documentary directed by English artist Banksy in 2010. For just under an hour and a half, the viewer delves into the life of Thierry Guetta, a Frenchman living in Los Angeles, who has a Obsession with videos and home movies. Guetta, for his fortune, turns out to be the cousin of one of the world’s most recognized street performers: Invader, who decides to take him with him while taking part in the streets of France with his renowned mosaics of pixels. After a while and meeting other renowned graffiti artists such  as Shepard Fairey, Guetta becomes obsessed with expressions of street art and says she wants to make a documentary about  street art  for the sole purpose of meeting Banksy.

 

The story takes an unexpected turn when Banksy decides to get behind cameras and asks Guetta to make art, who, without any objection, plans a show of great magnitude under the pseudonym of Mr. Brainwash. It is here that the most sensitive, and above all those who have received an artistic education, may become indignant. Guetta or Mr. Brainwash, whatever you want to call it, manages to sell all his pieces at exorbitant prices and also obtains an exclusive in the LA Weekly. This, no doubt, opens the discussion around the limits of art: what is art, what is not, and why? In the same way, it shows the functioning of the market of contemporary art, which sometimes moves due to the artist’s name and not to the quality of its production. In this effect,

 

Exit Through the Gift Shop is a movie worth seeing if you read between the lines, because what really matters is beyond the literal. However, it is also significant if his interests include graffiti and expressions of street art, as he shows the public how the beginnings of this practice that has been gaining strength with the passage of the years and which were its first exponents. Thus, from the hand of greats like Invader, Ron English, Shepard Fairey and even Banksy, it is possible to understand how it was operated when intervening a public space when this action was completely illegal and much more difficult than it is now .

AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is a documentary about the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, directed by Alison Klayman in 2012. For an hour and a half, the artist, as protagonist, explains the reasons why he decided to become a political activist taking art As a means to express their ideas. If it were possible to define the film with a word, it would certainly be: strong, as it confronts the viewer with images that show the abuse of power by the police in China as well as the corruption of the system. The question that crosses the script is: what happens when the border between art and politics disappears completely ?, especially in a country where the government supports the violence against those who do not agree with its regime. At the end of the documentary the viewer gets his answer, which,

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This documentary contains material worth seeing, plus if you are interested in the work of Ai Weiwei, who, in addition to guarding the rights of his countrymen, is also one of the most recognized Chinese artists worldwide. His work questions culture and its evolution, as well as the social policies of his country, using, in most cases, repetition as a weapon to deprive of meaning to things. As part of his production, Ai Weiwei carries out a series of actions, always accompanied by volunteers who support his cause, with the aim of unmasking the Chinese government, which have not deprived him of being invited to a series of biennials and exhibitions in institutions Such as the Tate Gallery in London, the Haus der Kunst in Munich or the Brooklyn Museum in New York. Nevertheless,

 



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