Painting the Town: The Illusionistic Murals of Richard Haas
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(Jul 14, 2006)
BEST OF FESTIVAL 1990, American Film & Video Festival. GOLDEN GATE AWARD 1990, San Francisco International Film Festival. This exuberant film portrait introduces the witty work of architectural muralist Richard Haas, whose mammoth murals have caused double takes in cities from Phoenix to Munich. A graceful flight of stairs, a cast-iron facade, an arched entranceway are, at second glance, not what they appear. Following in a tradition dating back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, Haas uses painted architecture to transform the sometimes brutal geometry of contemporary cityscapes. PAINTING THE TOWN explores the evolution of Haas's murals and uses time-lapse photography to demonstrate how they are made. Interviews with art experts, people on the street and with the artist himself offer fascinating insights into the interaction between art and the social environment. PAINTING THE TOWN is a delightful visual feast for lovers of art and lovers of cities.
Mr. Haas's work is important and astonishing. --Caryn James, NEW YORK TIMES
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