Curious Worlds - The Art and Imagination of David Beck

Curious Worlds - The Art and Imagination of David Beck
“An intimate portrait of the most accomplished American artist you have never heard of”, said poet and critic John Yau of David Beck. And indeed Beck is probably only known to museum curators and a handful of collectors, but he has cult status, and his work reminds us of Alexander Calder's circus with its many moveable figures and parts.And gallerist Francis Mill from San Francisco summed it up succinctly: “David Beck is inviting us to enter a completely different world on a whole other scale.You begin to question your own scale in the environment you are in”. Beck, who had a show earlier this year in New York, entitled Alligator Maintenance and other Esoterica, takes us on a journey through a miniature world beginning with Museum, a piece commissioned by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, followed by Bandshell for A Myopic Orchestra and L ́Opéra, a miniature house staging Aida to a surreal audience as well as Rhino Rama and ending with The Last Prom, a miniature Crystal Palace fashioned after the Hyde Park original. “Absurdity and loneliness embrace each other in David Beck's diminutive, meticulously detailed dioramas”, concludes the Hyperallergic Weekend review. Interviews with friends, gallerists and collectors round off an amusing profile of an interesting and highly gifted artist who likes it small. Best Documentary FAFF Venice California, 2015,Audience Award DocFest San Francisco

Duration : 56 mins


Production year : 2014

Production country : USA

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