Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski

The Struggle

This documentary was just released 12/21/18 on Netflix and it is EXCELLENT.

From Producer Leonardo DiCaprio comes a Netflix original documentary film about Stanislaw Szukalski, an eccentric artist and self proclaimed genius from Poland. After gaining fame leading up to WWII he fell into obscurity only to be re-discovered late in life. He’s one of the greatest artists you’ve never heard of.

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Private Screening of Andrew Wyeth New Documentary

Last night I had the priveledge to attend the private screening for the new documentary film “The Life of Andrew Wyeth Told In Bold Strokes” in West Chester.

It was followed by a panel discussion with Tom Padon (Brandywine River Museum), Jamie Wyeth, Glenn Holsten (director of the film),  and Kathleen Foster (Philadelphia Museum of Art), then a wonderful reception.

The big highlight of last night was being introduced to Jamie Wyeth!

The documentary is set to air on PBS this Fall.

 

Watch trailer here

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Elvis: A Metaphor for America?

Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki’s new film takes the King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. In this groundbreaking film, Jarecki paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American Dream and a penetrating look at how the hell we got here. A diverse cast of Americans, both famous and non, join the journey.

Featuring Music & Appearances by:

Alec Baldwin, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, James Carville, Rosanne Cash, Chuck D, Lana Del Rey, Emisunshine and the Rain, Peter Guralnick, The Handsome Family, Emmylou Harris, Ethan Hawke, John Hiatt, Billie Holiday, Immortal Technique, Van Jones, Ashton Kutcher, Lindy Vision, Greil Marcus, Mike Myers, Dan Rather, Luc Sante, Sigur Rós, David Simon, Stax Academy All Stars, Big Mama Thornton, M. Ward, Kat Wright & Maggie Clifford

In Theaters June 22nd, 2018

Written and Directed by Eugene Jarecki

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Andy Warhol’s “Double Elvis”

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The King stands proudly, feet apart, pistol cocked, those baby blues looking straight at the viewer, his infamous hips seem to move back and forth. Taking a publicity still from the Western flaming star, Warhol created larger than life Elvis’s on a massive silver canvas. The singer plays a cowboy, the ideal of American masculinity mythologized by the movies. The slicked hair, made up face, and the perfectly tailored costume remind us that this is a performance, an illusion. Warhol has captured Elvis on his own silver screen in an act of both parody and homage. In America where the Movie is the new religion and superstars reign, Warhol’s Elvis is glistening and god-like.

Source: Christie’s Article