Golub: Late Works are the Catastrophes
With director Gordon Quinn and producer Judy Hoffman in person
Dirs. Jerry Blumenthal, Gordon Quinn. 2004, 80 mins. Digital projection. Begun in 1985, and completed nearly twenty years later, this documentary chronicles the life and work of artist Leon Golub. Though known for violent, often controversial paintings depicting scenes of torture and physical trauma, which became more relevant in the aftermath of September 11, Golub’s later work becomes surprisingly less graphic. “My work these days is sort of political, sort of metaphysical, and sort of smart-ass. I’m playful and hostile. Let’s see if you can keep up with my slipping around,” he tells the filmmakers. A unique and candid cinematic document, Golub captures an historic artistic journey shared with Leon’s wife and studio partner of 50 years, the prominent anti-war and feminist artist, Nancy Spero. “Virtually perfect, conveying the exhilarating sense that art is inseparable from the world that engenders it and the world that receives it.” –Jonathan Rosenbaum.
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