Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

Monday, December 05 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

JOY REVIEW

Marina Abramovic, The Artist is Present is an extraordinary documentary by Matthew Akers on HBO that deals with, as you might guess, Marina Abramovic, who is referred to as kind of the grandmother of performance art. It’s going to take a while for you to get into this and what it documents at the end is her extraordinary exhibition at the MOMA, which some twinkie from Fox refers to as the Metropolitan Museum of Art instead of the Museum of Modern Art, where she sat for three months every day in a chair with a table between herself and allowed the public to come and sit across from her without saying anything or doing anything. And what an extraordinary event that was and it’s documented here. It’s incredibly touching and revealing. As a therapist, I thought wow, that’s a great technique for people to do, and essentially what they felt is that people saw themselves in her. It’s a really thoughtful, interesting, fresh documentary; four and a half stars.

Joy Meter