From Jan 23rd through May 2nd, 2010.
Australian artist Tracey Moffatt’s body of works largely focuses on the human condition as a widespread situation. Using video and photography as her chief media, she presents a chronicle that is directly based on images and memories that she has retained from watching TV and movies during her childhood. Moffatt gained international attention with her film “Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy” when it was selected for the Cannes Film Festival in 1990. Her works are held in the collections of the Tate, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Los Angeles, and The National Gallery of Australia.
Tracey Moffatt’s Artist is a collection of clips from movies and television programs that depict artists at work, at play and in the act of creation. By showing the particular bias of television and cinema to what the role of an artist apparently means to modern society, the film reflects the sometimes uninformed, sometimes humorous view of society towards artists today. She shows a clip from The Agony and The Ecstasy with Michelangelo destroying his first painting in the Sistine Chapel, a comic scene from the movie Batman with Rembrandts and Degas paintings being vandalized by the ‘Joker’ and a scene from the television show Absolutely Fabulous, as well as other scenes from art movies such as Surviving Picasso.
Bass Museum of Art
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