“Black has an inner sound of nothingness bereft of all possibilities…”
— Vasily Kandinsky, On the Spiritual in Art (1910)
‘The Painter Sam Francis’ 85 minutes Shot on 16mm, Super 8, Hi-8, DV ©2008 Body and Soul Productions Showing at Anthology Film Archives, New York, through September 17 The film biography “The Painter Sam Francis” might be better called “What Happened to Sam Francis?” It reinforces all the standard cliché’s of the outsized artist’s life….
A film review from 2009 coincides with the artist’s show at Hionas Gallery
In Julian Schnabel’s film Basquiat, the title character, exemplar of the flameout credo of the East Village, is assisting an artist-installer at the Mary Boone Gallery. This mediocrity, played by Willem Da Foe, attempts to counsel the hero about the benefits of a reliable day job. Basquiat replies that someday he would show on those very…