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Arts / Museums

Artful Weekend

Cinema as White Cube

BY Catherine D. Anspon // 01.09.15
British proto-Impressionist Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775 - 1851), shown in the artist's "Self-Portrait," circa 1799, is the subject of a new biopic that's generating Oscar buzz.
British proto-Impressionist Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775 – 1851), shown in the artist’s “Self-Portrait,” circa 1799, is the subject of a new biopic that’s generating Oscar buzz.

Where do we weigh in on the artist biopic? This scribe couldn’t get enough on the 1996 Warhol film, while enjoying the fact that its director was one-time Texas painter of titanic ambition, Julian Schnabel, who was nominated for a Venice Film Festival Golden Lion for his directorial debut. On the other hand, the 2000 Hollywood take on Pollock was riveting, while ruining the artist forever for me, thanks to the Thanksgiving scene with the overturned turkey; the movie also earned Marcia Gay Harden an Oscar for her supporting performance as Pollock’s beleaguered wife/painter Lee Krasner.

This weekend, with “Mr. Turner’s” arrival, combined with the wildly promoted Tim Burton- directed/Amy Adams-starring “Big Eyes,” which dealer pals are spurning, signals two more entrees spun around true tales from the art world. While the subjects range from the heroic, majestic Turner of the first half of the 19th century, to the Mad Men-era kitsch king and queen The Keanes, it all bodes well for an opening up of the once hermetic artist studio. We’ll be screening both in the coming days, and will report back on Twitter (follow @PaperCityCA).     

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