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Marina Abramovic the Artist Is Present (2012)
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Length: 106 minutes (1 hour, 46 minutes)
Reviewer: Ms. Fox
Age appropriateness: Marina Abramovic the Artist Is Present is not officially rated in the United States. This documentary film contains mild violence and full nudity in scenes showing Ms. Abramovic's performance art. It is unsuitable for K-12 classroom viewing. This movie is most appropriate for home or theater viewing by a mature high school student strongly interested in the arts (with parental permission).
Creators and stars: Arthur Danto, Chrissie Iles, David Balliano, David Blaine, James Franco, Klaus Biesenbach, Marina Abramovic, Matthew Akers, Ulay
Review: Marina Abramovic the Artist Is Present is focused on the 2010 MoMA (Museum of Modern Art, New York City) retrospective of Ms. Abramovic's work as a performance artist. It is simultaneously a fascinating account of the artist's life, both personal and professional. This film has educative value for budding artists. Students can see the hard work and dedication that go into the creation of art. Performance art is often under-appreciated, and this is one of the very few documentary films on the subject.
Accuracy: This documentary film operates as a career retrospective on Yugoslavian/Serbian Marina Abramovic (born in 1946), a pioneer in performance art, and perhaps the best known performance artist working today. Marina Abramovic the Artist Is Present features interviews with Marina herself, former and current colleagues and significant others, archival footage of her performances, and more.
|Marina Abramović. Photo Credit: David Smoler.||Marina Abramović. Photo Credit: David Smoler.||Marina Abramović & Ulay, Rest Energy in 1980.||Marina Abramović.||Matthew Akers. Photo Credit: Gean Coleman.|
|Marina Abramović & Matthew Akers. Photo Credit: David Smoler.||Marina Abramović & Matthew Akers. Photo Credit: Jeff Dupre.|
Film Stills and Photographs Courtesy of HBO Documentary Films & Music Box Films.
Possible discussion questions: (1) What do you think of performance art? (Ask this before and after watching the film.) (2) What was your favorite piece by Marina Abramovic? (3) In what ways, in your opinion, is performance art more and less difficult to create than fine art (painting, sculpture, etc.)? (4) Why do you think that Marina Abramovic's performance at MoMA resonated with so many people?
Marina Abramovic the Artist Is Present Movie Review Publication Date for Citation Purposes: May 30, 2012