Of all the commercial shlock out there they pick this to ridicule?
If you saw The Artist is Present, as I did, you're not going to find this satire remotely funny. Indeed, I complained so much my daughter turned it off after 10 minutes. My daughter is an artist and said it wasn't a big deal. I said, "have you see the documentary?" She said 'no.' I told her, watch the documentary and then come back and tell me this isn't mean-spirited and not funny--AT ALL.
The original documentary is about how an artist connects to others. How any of us connect to each other. If you think that''s pretentious, or stupid, okay. I didn't, for "The Artist is Present". Even though I DO find most performance art pretentious and stupid. Indeed, I watched Artist is Present expecting for it to confirm my general dislike of performance art!
What really riles me up is I often recommend "The Artist is Present" but if someone sees this first they'll never watch it. Worse, they'll believe they know what it's about. A good satirist deep down, loves their subject. These people don't love art. All the humor is dumping on Marina Abramovic.
Again, these guys could have made fun of Taylor Swift or the Kashians. Why they'd ridicule real artists is...well..of course, Fred Armisen is no real artist. After seeing this I believe Kate Moss must have nailed it, "'He's so great at doing impersonations. But the greatest impersonation he does is that of a normal person."
If you haven't seen The Artist is Present, PLEASE WATCH IT FIRST! Don't let this piece of low-life humor ruin it for you.
Art means something. It means something to me. I have nothing against artists making fun of other artists--when the deep respect is there. It isn't.
Again, watch The Artist is Present. Please watch with an open mind. It's one of the best art documentaries I have ever seen. I knew absolutely nothing about Marina Abramovic before I watched it. Nothing.
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