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Exhibition of the week: Jonas Mekas

The film-maker Jonas Mekas has been a hero of the New York art scene since the 1960s. He is not just an underground film-maker but the organiser and orchestrator of an entire cultural movement of alternative cinema that transformed ways of making art 50 years ago and still resonates today. Mekas helped Andy Warhol to become a film-maker and provided a personal record of Warhol and other avant garde figures, as well as of New York, in his own film diaries. Back then it seemed a strange idea for artists to make deadpan visual records of real life. Today the radical idea of everyday cinema that Mekas pioneered is everywhere in art galleries. Here is an artist who has truly shaped our time.

• Serpentine Gallery, London »

- Jonathan Jones

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