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A film collaboration between Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg
US, 1999, 10 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W00643
Internationally acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Tracey Moffatt takes the viewer on a fast-paced journey through Hollywood's depiction of the artist. Using a wealth of clips from classic cinema bio pics and popular television sitcoms, the video voyage spans centuries of art and art-making to reveal how five decades of mainstream media have perceived the creative process and creators themselves. A lively music track underscores the fervor and passion we have come to associate with artists and their typical one-dimensional representations on the large and small screen. Punctuated by recurrent gestures--the confident whisk of the paint brush, the futile laugh of frustration, and the violent destruction of one's own work--this amusing, thought-provoking array of well-known images paints an incisive portrait of the artist as a total Hollywood fabrication.


  • The Museum of Modern Art

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    "A Hollywood stereotype of the creative, tormented, suffering 'Artist' as painter is lifted from hundreds of commercial features in this rhythmmic montage. The stages of inspiration, creation, and then destruction of the paintings portray romanticism as a comedy. A wise and very funny piece, brilliantly edited by Gary Hillberg, who was 'commissioned by Tracey Moffatt.' Rather like Hollywood…"
    Patricia Mellencamp
    University of Wisconsin

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