Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"(Untitled)" with Adam Goldberg

Have you ever stepped into a art gallery and thought, "What was this artist thinking?" This reaction might be because the show is plain, commercial and uninteresting. Or it might be on the other extreme, and be out-there shit that know one would want in their house. Is this the art world now? Before, like in the Renaissance, an artist was commissioned and had patrons. Art was paid for before it was finished. Now in a supply and demanded world art is made by "artist" and then put on display to be sold. If it sells then a new star is born. Does only good art sell, or does some crap get sold as art? This movie asks these funny questions and many more. Like, does music need to be pleasing to the ear to be music? Yes, this is a heady movie with jokes made to make you laugh first and think second. We see the "downtown" art world through the eyes of two brothers. One brother a composer of avant-garde works played by Adam Goldberg from "2 Days in Paris." The other brother is a painter that can only get his art up on walls of hotel chains. Then in comes the fashionable gallery owner Madeleine. (Marley Shelton) She has a inner struggle of keeping the painter as her backroom meal ticket, and putting on new shows of "outsider" art. When she meets the truly out-there composer she starts a romance that puts one brother against the other. Many other weirdos make this satire complete, the artists themselves, the art collector that buys anything, and the gallery employee that makes sale's by pointing out what should be obvious to any "art lover." If you know about art you might be able to tell who exactly they are making fun of. If you are a novice everything is funny, especially the on going joke about Madeleine's choice in noisy clothing. In the end is the contemporary art world just catering to bigwigs? Are artist more about the hype then the art? Shouldn't art be more about the process then the product? If you want to be shown all this in a dark comedy then go out and see "(Untitled)."

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