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Joan Mitchell: Portrait of An Abstract Painter
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She is not an easy interview, though. The film shows her evasiveness and unwillingness to be pinned down on art or her private life, which was tumultuous and fraught with drinking and disappointment. Yet somehow she was able to channel the pain and difficulty into creating very great art, and this video is a fine introduction.
As to the coverage of her work, I would like to have seen more about how she influenced contemporary painters today - women and men. Also, more about her own place in contemporary art. I thought there needed to be more contextualizing of her work and I would like to have seen more of her work besides the Grande Vallee in a gallery setting so that the size and scope of her earlier work could be better appreciated. Just seeing the paintings themselves on the screen does not give a good idea of their size or how viewers would relate to them in person.
Of course there is another drawback, which is that the discussions about art in the movie are silly. Mitchell is constantly saying I can't talk about what I do, and meanwhile the people around her who talk about her pictures are embarassing themselves.
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A very interesting portrait of an original artist. Greatly enjoyed.Published 5 months ago by Tasha Halpert
I like to paint and seeing her paintings gave me new ideas for my own.Published 6 months ago by P Swartout
An intimate view of one of the most elusive American Abstract Ecpressionists. As an artist I've always loved her energetic, dark and some time blissful work . A rare treat!Published 10 months ago by Tonitoes
Excellent moments with an artist who shares her life, not her explanations...she thinks of nothing when she paints...her hands get dirty...maybe this is enough to know.Published 18 months ago by Charles JR Moss
Probably an interesting film if I could hear and understand what they were saying. Really bad sound. English subtitels would help !Published 20 months ago by liv ulveng