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Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)

A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre (co-director)

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Credited cast:
Marina Abramovic ... Herself
Ulay Ulay ... Himself
Klaus Biesenbach Klaus Biesenbach ... Himself
David Balliano David Balliano ... Himself (as Davide Balliano)
Chrissie Iles Chrissie Iles ... Herself
Arthur Danto Arthur Danto ... Himself
David Blaine ... Himself
James Franco ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rushka Bergman ... Herself
Orlando Bloom ... Himself
Tim Duquette ... Subway Photo Shoot
Brian Lane Moore Brian Lane Moore ... Himself
Ingrid Sischy ... Herself
Ashton Swinford ... MOCA Performer
Marcus White Marcus White ... Himself
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This feature-length documentary film follows the artist as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life: a major retrospective of her work at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. To be given a retrospective at one of the world's premiere museums is, for any living artist, the most exhilarating sort of milestone. For Marina, it is far more - it is the chance to finally silence the question she has been hearing over and over again for four decades: 'But why is this art?' Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 2012 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Marina Abramovic: A Artista Está Presente See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$11,041, 17 June 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$86,217, 7 October 2012
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Arthur Danto: For most masterpieces, people stand in front of it for 30 seconds. "Mona Lisa" - 30 seconds. People come and sit here all day.
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By Zhurbin, Lev (as Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin)
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More art, less artist

This is a documentary about how long it took for Marina Abramovic to get famous. It's a long view of a life lived in art and for art and then suddenly, late in life, to discover that all those years spent in obscurity are finally paying off. That's interesting. But that's all the documentary is about. Why is her art worthy? What has been the arc of her life's work? How has it evolved? I might as well have watched a film about Kim Kardashian and the nature of fame. This is more an adulation of fame itself than an analysis of the power of art. Very disappointing. The frame for the film is the build up to her most famous work, The Artist is Present, at MOMA, where, individually, members of the public were allowed to sit in a chair opposite Ms. Abramovic and stare into her face. The impact of this experience seems to have been profound. Ms. Abramovic's face is magnificent, filled with pain, deep silence and supreme mystery. She did this every day for three months. The sheer fortitude that this must have taken is astounding. The amount of raw emotion that she must have absorbed is exhausting just to think about. To have heard her speak on camera about this experience would have been fascinating. But instead we get a facile look at the least interesting aspect of her life; the fact that she is now famous. I'm glad for her but it's a small, mundane detail of a life lived with far more complexity than this documentary affords her.


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