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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…
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'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.
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.
Η Marina σταυρώθηκε για τις αμαρτίες μας.
she's just wonderful. so innovative. so powerful. someone on the film said that marina just wanted to connect with other people which is why she performs how she does and i love that
Interesting. Makes you realize how weird and strange and beautiful life is. Kind of a love story, mainly a focus on one woman's creative brilliance.
“Marina Abramovic: Artista Presente” seria perfeito se não fosse alguns inconvenientes. Não é dispensável apenas a participação de James Franco (visivelmente incomodado quando um indivíduo não o reconhece diante das câmeras), como também os depoimentos do diretor do MoMA Klaus Biesenbach, que a todo momento reduz involuntariamente a performance de Marina com observações ordinárias.
Documentaire fascinant sur une artiste qui l'est tout autant.
Lors des passages filmés de l'exposition The Artist Is Present, les larmes me sont presque montées aux yeux tant l'intensité de l'oeuvre était palpable.
Avis au fans d'art contemporain (enfin art performance si on veut être précis *kof kof*) ou même à quiconque veut se cultiver un peu.
Marina Abramović just fucking bewilders and bewitches me: I love her and I fear her, but nobody can deny her commitment to art and to the world. I'm not her biggest fan, but I'm one of those spectators in the corner that even though they're not sure of what exactly is happening around and inside them, they might just be the most mesmerized of all.
This was more captivating and insightful than I expected - who knew that sitting across from strangers would be such an arduous and moving situation?
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