A short discussion by artist Diane Burko and Ann Sutherland Harris, Professor Emerita for History of Art & Architecture at University of Pittsburgh, will precede the films.
A film collaboration between Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg (1999)
Internationally acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Tracey Moffatt takes the viewer on a fast-paced journey through Hollywood's depiction of the artist. Using a wealth of clips from classic cinema bio pics and popular television sitcoms, the video voyage spans centuries of art and art-making to reveal how five decades of mainstream media have perceived the creative process and creators themselves. A lively music track underscores the fervor and passion we have come to associate with artists and their typical one-dimensional representations on the large and small screen. Punctuated by recurrent gestures--the confident whisk of the paint brush, the futile laugh of frustration, and the violent destruction of one's own work--this amusing, thought-provoking array of well-known images paints an incisive portrait of the artist as a total Hollywood fabrication. 10 minutes
Directed by Andrew Neel
SeeThink Productions (2007)
Alice Neel's grandson directed this documentary about Alice Neel, an alumna of Moore College of Art & Design who is considered one of the greatest portrait painters of the 20th century. She was also a pioneer among women artists. A painter of people, landscape and still life, Neel was never fashionable or in step with avant-garde movements. Sympathetic to the expressionist spirit of northern Europe and Scandinavia and to the darker arts of Spanish painting, she painted in a style and with an approach distinctively her own. The film explores her struggles as an artist and a single mother from the Depression era until her death in 1984. It includes interviews with her sons, Richard and Hartley Neel, the children of her deceased daughter, Isabetta, artists Marlene Dumas, Chuck Close and Alex Katz, art historians Rob Storr and Jeremy Lewison, and Neel's surviving friends. It also includes footage from Michel Auder's earlier film about Neel. The film, which was produced by SeeThink Productions, won the Audience Award at the Newport Beach Film Festival in 2007. 82 minutes
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