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Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present
The film follows the artist as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life: a major retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. To be given a retrospective at one of the world's premiere museums is, for any living artist, the most exhilarating sort of milestone. For Marina, it is far more - it is the chance to finally silence the question she has been hearing over and over again for four decades: 'But why is this art?'
The words ‘performance art’ would normally have me running in the opposite direction as it conjures up images of Miranda July flailing her arms around whilst wearing a stuffed pigeon on her head. For this reason I was rather dismissive of a documentary about the grandmother of performance art - Marina Abramovic.
The Artist Is Present is conventional portrait that documents Marina’s career as well as following the preparations for her retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. The retrospective brings together her most famous work as well as providing a new centrepiece for the show where she sits in silence and allows the public to sit opposite her. It is both an art piece and feat…
I have a hard time with documentaries. I do appreciate the form, but I bristle at the belief, held by some, that documentaries speak truth in a way that fiction films don't (same goes for books). There is no such thing as an unbiased documentary, but some filmmakers do try more than others, or at least acknowledge the bias. In that respect, I think that Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present is at least somewhat honest; one of Marina's assistants talks about the careful marketing of Marina, and this is just one piece of that. Still, I am very glad I watched it.
Marina stated that she wanted to make this film to show the administration of art, and everything…
I'm a sucker for docs about artists, but this is a good one regardless. Boy, do I regret not going to MoMA during this exhibition.
The film follows Serbian performance artist Marina Abramović as she prepares for, then stages, her 2010 'The Artist is Present' piece where visitors to New York's Museum of Modern Art were invited to sit on a chair opposite her for as long as they wished, without speaking or performing, just looking into the artist's eyes as she gazed intently back.
'The Artist is Present' was the one new piece in a major retrospective of Abramović's work at MoMA, and this feature length documentary is the same, covering what can aptly be described as her body of work, culminating in her most physically and psychologically exposed and taxing challenge yet.
A very physical artist, using her body, pushing it to its…
I need to watch more documentaries. There are so many great ones but 95% of the time I pick a narrative film over a doc; I should work on that.
This is a well done documentary about performance artist Marina Abramovic that revolves around her exhibit at MoMa in 2010. It's playing in select theaters and also on HBO(so try and DVR it).
As long as you are open to art and don't roll your eyes at the general notion, this is a very interesting doc. I don't know much about art and I hadn't heard of Marina before this. She is a performance artist who I now know has had a very long career full of some very unique shows. The film gives the viewer a glimpse of the past, building up to the most recent and biggest show.
It feels a little bit long and it might peak a little early, but I really liked it.
Performance art is not something I know much about, but it’s something I know exists because of the passion inside of its creator. It’s not something put on display just to provoke an audience or to be pretentious as close-minded people may understandably feel, rather it works here most notably as an exhibition of one’s self and how they wish to portray their ideology to the world. Marina Abramovic has gained notoriety for some of her work and judging by the footage frequenting this documentary you can sympathise simply because it’s not only odd or challenging, but it can be quite terrifying to see particular exhibitions such as Marina running repeatedly into a wall or cutting her lower torso with…
Really enjoyed this documentary about Marina Abramovic, which briefly recaps her most famous/influential performance art pieces, leading up to her retrospective a MoMA, where she performances a piece of incredible vulnerability and stamina.
The insane artist is in so many ways a normal lady. Go figure.
The only false moments were when David Blane and James Franco showed up. Juxtaposed with Marina, their lack of artistry and authenticity is truly exposed.
Eagerly awaiting the James Benning remake, which features the full 7000 hours of faces staring back at Marina.
She is absolutely incredible.
Cried and cried and don't know why.
My friend Zoe recommended this one to me and I need to thank her. Made me think about art things in a way I haven't before. Not too well made as a documentary but Marina is so fascinating it doesn't matter.
A interesting outlook on the work of Marina Abramovic , the short film reveals the life behind the artist and her pieces .
Informativer und recht spannender Rückblick auf Leben und Werk von MA, zentriert um ihre MOMA-Retrospektive und Performance "The Artist is Present". Die Dame zeigt Humor und Distanz, dazu eine nachahmungswürdige Einstellung zu modernen Ablenkern - Handys werden alle eingesammelt. Darf mich gerne besuchen, in jeder Hinsicht vorbildlich!
(Und die Wiederbegengung mit Ulay ist wirklich sehr rührend.)
A 2012 documentary about the 2010 retrospective exhibition “THE ARTIST IS PRESENT” held at MoMA, New York, by the Serbia-born Marina Abramovic, the performance-art spearhead, who has been active for over 40 years and namely the “grandmother of performance art”.
For the new generation, Marina probably is well-known for her recent collaboration with Lady Gaga in her trendy ARTPOP album, so one may reckon this documentary could be an introductory piece to her wholesome work and artistic ethic, however, as the title implies, the film doesn’t purport to be a comprehensive presentation of her lengthy career, instead, it mainly stays in the “present”, extensively records her latest performance inside MoMA (with a group of young artists re-enact her most important…
I feel like the natural feeling after watching this is, "Man, I wish I could've been there" but I think the film is just as interesting of an experience. Not that the first hand account wouldn't be incredible, but just the fact that you get to hear the first impressions from the audiences and know exactly what she's thinking during the performance makes for a compelling film.
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