Mary Lekoshere Illustrated


Documentaries…
May 22, 2010, 9:47 am
Filed under: It's a popcorn night

Thursday evening found me, bucket of popcorn in hand, sitting with Olvia, Mary (yes, another one) and Sara watching Art of the Steal.

May I recommend?

This movie documents the Barnes Collection… The incredible insight of Dr. Barnes in collecting artwork that is now worth billions, and the subsequent violation of this man’s wishes by those with money, power, and enormous egos. Dr. Barnes, a delightfully crusty old man, amassed the finest collection of Mattisse, Renoir, Van Gogh etc.  These paintings, creatively arranged, were kept largely away from the public and used for educational purpose. His wish was the keeping of this ideal. He wanted the paitings kept where they were and public access limited. But you can’t take a treasure trove worth billions and expect the rats to keep away. This movie is largely about the rats.  A well made documentary…a powerful story of corruption. Art junkies– enjoy.

Yesterday, then, I watched The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo, a production of PBS. Captivating! This is the story of a woman who suffered. In general her art, honestly, is not to my taste. It is at times perverse and gorey; it is the brutaly honest representation of a troubled woman. It seems to portray hopelessness, and yet I do admire the strength of this woman. She was resiliant. She was Frida Kahlo because of her hardship, not in spite of them. This documentary is likewise honest… view with that in mind.

Frida Kahlo

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