CRACKING THE FRAME – KUSAMA – INFINITY

A genuinely felt portrait of the artist as a dedicated survivor, ever in service to her vision of the world and fighting for her place in it. – LA Times

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KUSAMA – INFINITY
Heather Lenz
USA – 2018 – 76 min

Kusama – Infinity explores artist Yayoi Kusama’s journey from a conservative upbringing in Japan to her brush with fame in America during the 1960s (where she rivaled Andy Warhol for press attention) and concludes with the international fame she has finally achieved within the art world. Now in her 80s, Kusama has spent the last 30 years living in a mental institution in Japan.

Kusama – Infinity explores Kusama’s fierce determination to become a world-renowned artist. Kusama was born into a conservative family in rural Japan and she made her way to America on the heels of WWII. There, without connections and speaking only broken English, she devoted herself to her one true love, making art.

On her first day in New York, Kusama has stated that she climbed to the top of the Empire State Building, looked down upon the city below, and made a decision to stand out from everyone she saw below and become a star. She has received the Praemium Imperiale Laureate for lifetime achievement in painting, and was named the world’s ‘most popular artist’ and one of the ‘most expensive living female artist’ in 2014.

A sharp portrait of the trailblazing Japanese pop artist Yayoi Kusama – Little White Lies

Infinity is an essential watch in order to understand why Yayoi Kusama’s art matters, and how the person behind the dots is inspirational beyond the finite reach of our own individual universes. – Culture Whisperer

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Established in 2011, Cracking the Frame is a monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed documentary portraits of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.
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CRACKING THE FRAME: SHADOWMAN

“A gruesome art-world fairy tale unafraid to face the bitter details of its hero’s tumultuous life.” – Slant Magazine

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SHADOWMAN
Oren Jacoby
USA | 2017 | 81 min

In the 1980s, Richard Hambleton was the Shadowman, a spectre in the night who painted hundreds of startling silhouettes on the walls of lower Manhattan and, along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, sparked the street art movement.

Richard Hambleton made a name for himself with conceptual shadow paintings that haunted New York’s streets. At the height of his first commercial and critical success in the 80’s, Hambleton was featured in LIFE magazine and acclaimed at the Venice Biennale. Seemingly uncomfortable with his own success, he alienated those around him from art dealers to close friends. In the 1990s, succumbing to drug addiction, he vanished from the gallery scene. Just as suddenly as he had appeared, Richard Hambleton disappeared.

In 2009 Hambleton suddenly resurfaced, supported by two young art dealers. For nearly twenty years he had been secretly and steadily working, his talent still intact after years underground. But will he be ready to get a second chance?

SHADOWMAN plunges the viewer into the chaotic life of a forgotten artist, from early fame through his struggles with heroin, to his surprising comeback as street art exploded to become one of the most popular and lucrative art movements in the world.

The international press on SHADOWMAN: 

“A heartbreaking doc.” – The Village Voice

 “The myth of the tortured artist collides with the art documentary in Shadowman, a wholly engaging and often gripping look at the chaotic career of troubled 1980s graffiti artist Richard Hambleton.” – Screen Daily

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Established in 2011, Cracking the Frame is a monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed documentary portraits of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.
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CRACKING THE FRAME – MAURIZIO CATTELAN: BE RIGHT BACK

“Maura Axelrod’s film builds a compelling and intimate portrait. Bold, witty… as playful as a Cattelan work itself…” – BBC

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MAURIZIO CATTELAN: BE RIGHT BACK
Maura Axelrod | USA | 2016 | 94 min

Maurizio Cattelan is one of the most successful and controversial artists of our time, and one of the most unpredictable. Notoriusly provocative and elusive, Cattelan made his career on playful and subversive works that send up the artistic establishment.

Cattelan shook up the contemporary art world in the late 1980s with a series of action-based installations, including his first solo show in Milan, ‘Torno Subito (Be Right Back)’. Over his twenty-year career, he continued to inspire, disorient and insult, with satirical artworks portraying Adolf Hitler as a schoolboy or a meteorite hitting Pope John Paul II, and culminating in an all encompassing installation and retirement in 2011.

Filmmaker Maura Axelrod fascinatingly excavates Maurizio Cattelan’s disruptive and indelible career as the preminent art-world prankster of our time, interviewing curators, collectors and ex-girlfriends on what makes this most compelling of conceptual visionaries really tick.

Easily the most entertaining art film since Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop” – Variety

“Probing, wistful, and at times hilarious… an uproarious and thought-provoking film” – New York Times

Premiere screening at Rialto Amsterdam, Wednesday 17 January 19:30h.
Extra screenings in selected Dutch and Belgian cinemas throughout February.

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Established in 2011, Cracking the Frame is a monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed documentary portraits of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.
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CRACKING THE FRAME – TROUBLEMAKERS: THE STORY OF LAND ART

 

“My new paintbrush is a Caterpillar” – Walter De Maria

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TOUBLEMAKERS: THE STORY OF LAND ART
James Crump | 2015 | USA | 74 min

Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. The film portrays renegade New York artists Robert Smithson, Walter De Maria and Michael Heizer, who sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest.

Land artists were exploring a larger canvas to work on while simultaneously seeking to create works that induced awe in the viewer, thus producing a new kind of pilgrimage and a new kind of visceral viewing experience. These revolutionary artists took on the establishment to produce art on their own terms. Their radical experience changed the landscape of art forever.

Through rare period footage, new interviews and extraordinary aerial images of the most significant land art sites, TRUBLEMAKERS takes viewers on an immersive cinematic ride through the bellicose and uncompromising history of the land art movement.

“Takes it place among the great art documentaries of the last half-century.” – The Wall Street Journal

This special screening will be introduced by Jean Bernard Koeman
Jean Bernard Koeman is a visual artist and exhibition maker. From 1998 through to the end of 2002, he was the driving force and inspiring director of Arts Centre W139 in Amsterdam.

Premiere screening at Rialto Amsterdam, Wednesday 18 October 19:30h.
Extra screenings in selected Dutch and Belgian cinemas throughout November. 

Cracking the Frame

Established in 2011, Cracking the Frame is a monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed documentary portraits of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRACKING THE FRAME: EAMES THE ARCHITECT AND THE PAINTER

I’ve been searching for a while for the right film on industrial design to bring the program of Cracking the Frame to yet another new territory and the search is finally over: next week we will present the Dutch theatrical premiere of EAMES, THE ARHCITECT AND THE PAINTER. This is the very first documentary exploring the ground-breaking creations and the unconventional personal life of this influential couple. You surely know their furniture, now you can get an insight of the complexity of their world through this engaging and informative documentary.

 

Tuesday 16 October 2012 at Rialto Cinema Amsterdam

EAMES, THE ARCHITECT AND THE PAINTER

Jason Cohn & Bill Jersey

US | 2011 | 83 min

True to their motto “the best for the most for least” Charles and Ray Eames revolutionised the world of design with 40 years of iconic creations.     Described as “a painter that didn’t paint and an architecture school drop-out who never got his license”, their playful and auto-didactic approach to design remains one of the best examples of the idea of design as a perfect combination of beauty and purpose. Perhaps best remembered for their mid-century plywood and fibreglass colourful furniture, the Eames Office also created a bewildering variety of other products, from splints for wounded military during World War II, to photography, interiors, multi-media exhibits, graphics, games, films and toys.

EAMES, THE ARHITECT AND THE PAINTER is the first documentary dedicated to the life and work of this couple of inspired free-thinkers.           Directed by Oscar nominee Bill Jersey and narrated by James Franco, the documentary incorporates interviews with colleagues, historians and friends, archival photographs, television appearances and clips from famous and rarely seen Eames’ films to reveal the visionary ambition beyond the couple’s iconic creations and their impact on contemporary culture.

“Superb. A dazzling, sensory adventure. An extraordinary and enjoyable history of how two people influenced so much of our thinking and surroundings today.” – Seattle Times

“Well-crafted and insightful. A must for those with an interest in modern design.” – The Hollywood Reporter

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of critically acclaimed art related documentaries and artists’ films.

Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through experimental documentaries and cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, filmmakers, writers and global thinkers.

Each film is theatrically unreleased in The Netherlands and will be screened in English or with English subtitles.