Re: New Release - THE PEOPLE'S PAINTING

Ryan Krivoshey (ryan@frif.com)
Wed, 4 Oct 2000 10:22:46 -0700 (PDT)

Sorry about posting the advertisement on videolib. The videolib address is
right above videonews in my address book, and I accidentally hit the wrong
one.

Ryan Krivoshey

At 09:42 AM 10/4/00 -0700, you wrote:
>Are we supposed to be receiving commercial advertisements on this
>listserv?
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>On Wed, 4 Oct 2000, Ryan Krivoshey wrote:
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>> First Run / Icarus Films announces the release of a new documentary video
>> that delightfully probes the fine line between high art and opinion polls.
>> The film follows two artists in their attempt to paint the perfect painting
>> - a 'most wanted' painting - using opinion polls, market research and focus
>> groups.
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>> THE PEOPLE’S PAINTING
>> Directed by Chris Granlund
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>> Do you prefer a painting the size of a paperback, a dishwasher or a car?
>> Such questions were a part of a project that combined conceptual art,
>> market research, humor and a road trip. THE PEOPLE’S PAINTINT is the
>> chronicle of this project – a collaboration between New York based Russian
>> Avant-garde artists Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid. Fascinated by the West’s
>> obsession with polls, market research and focus groups, they set out to
>> create a painting using these revered tools of capitalism.
>> Komar and Melamid began by polling a representative sample of people in the
>> UK, thereby establishing a British preference for landscapes or portraits,
>> abstracts or figurative paintings. They then began their tour of the
>> country in a Mini, decorated with the Union Jack, to discover more about
>> British taste. Along the way they met and interviewed such typical people
>> as a miner, a tattoo artist, housewives, a designer, an earl and a witch.
>> They also canvassed opinions from experts such as the Royal Academy’s
>> director of exhibitions, Norman Rosenthal, and best selling painter Gordon
>> King.
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>> Based on their findings, Komar and Melamid produced a ‘most wanted’
>> painting, a true people’s painting. Called "conceptualism at its most
>> elegant and effective" (New York Times) – the painting and the film are an
>> evocative and satirical portrait of Britain today, and an examination of
>> the tools of late Twentieth Century capitalism.
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>> "This video is an effective educational tool to frame a meaningful
>> discussion on art and its place in society. It will be enjoyed by high
>> school level and above. Highly recommended." – MC Journal: the Journal of
>> Academic Media Librarianship
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>> "… [a] deliciously tongue-in-cheek, but never patronizing, mockery of the
>> British taste in visual art. Komar and Melamid make us think about what
>> art is, without seeming to be lecturing us." – The Times (UK)
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>> "… a delightful light-hearted tease on popular artistic taste… a must watch
>> for anyone who has even the tiniest interest in art. Don’t miss this quiet
>> little gem." – Radio Times (UK)
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>> 49 minutes / color / 1998 / Order # V2K6
>> Sale/video: $390
>> Rental/video: $75
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>> * Please refer to Order #'s on all purchase orders and written requests.
>> * Free preview for purchase consideration available.
>> * Purchase price includes Public Performance Rights
>> * Canadian rights are available for this title
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Ryan Krivoshey
First Run / Icarus Films
32 Court Street, 21st Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel: 1-718-488-8900
Fax: 1-718-488-8642
Web: http://www.frif.com
email: ryan@frif.com