The first film of the evening is from the acclaimed PALETTES series, MARCEL DUCHAMP. The NY Times described the film in these words: “Guided by Alain Jaubert of the Louvre, viewers stand witness to the painting secrets revealed through the use of modern technologies like x-rays and video animation. In Palettes: Great Artists and Their Paintings — Marcel Duchamp, viewers examine the painting Nude Descending a Staircase. The composition of the work is discussed at some length, as is the appropriateness of attempting to deconstruct its larger meanings.” Film is 32 minutes in English
Film: ROBERT MOTHERWELL, Storming the Citadel
One of the last great, and most articulate of the abstract expressionists, Robert Motherwell was part of an iconoclastic group of painters, including Jackson Pollack, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko, in the second half of the last century, known as the New York School. Though always abstract and painterly, Mr. Motherwell’s work expressed his literary and philosophical concerns and his deep involvement with the culture of Mediterranean Europe. A large man who moved and talked slowly, the artist never lost his Abstract Expressionist view of painting as a struggle, “a state of anxiety” as he once put it, “that is obliquely recorded in the inner tensions of the finished canvas.”
Motherwell and his colleagues are under-represented and not well understood here, falling as they did between the information blackout of the Cold War and the change-over of local governments.
Running time of the film, 55 minutes. In English