Richard Artschwager. Shut Up and Look

Maryte Kavaliauskas, USA, 2012, 57’, E (without subtitles)

The film was made one year before the death of the almost 90-year-old artist who was involved in Szeemann’s 1969 exhibition “When Attitudes Become Form”. Richard Artschwager, who remained astoundingly mutable into advanced age, always aspired to subvert traditional notions of art and aesthetics. Artist friends, gallery owners and art historians illuminate their perspectives on this tendency. Artschwager himself, who appears in the film with the faded elegance of a Fred Astaire and an old man’s crotchety taciturnity, looks back on the milestones of an eventful life – soldier in the Second World War, bread-and-butter jobs as a baby photographer and cabinet maker, the stellar ascent to his career as an artist, four marriages.

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