The Jackdaw Film Series presents: Art is a Demon
“Art is a demon, a demon that drags along. It’s not something you can stop, even if you should. Maybe you go insane, maybe your wife leaves you or your kid runs away. You throw yourself away to be an artist.” – Ushio Shinohara
The Jackdaw Film Series is back, and thrilled to present Art is a Demon! Two outstanding documentaries explore the turbulent lives (and loves) of wildly esoteric New York painters Jean-Michel Basquiat and Ushio Shinohara, amidst the glorious backdrop of the 70’s and 80’s downtown art scene.
Once again we will transform our Gallery into an amazing lounge-style ‘Cinémathèque’ – featuring Dolby digital surround sound for an authentic big screen experience, with full bar service and refreshments available. Doors open at 7pm with The Radiant Child screening at 7.30pm – then after an intermission stay up late for Cutie and the Boxer at 9.45pm.
Seats are limited for this free exclusive event – book now!
Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010)
In his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. He became notorious for his graffiti art under the moniker Samo in the late 1970s, sold his first painting to Deborah Harry for $200, and became best friends with Andy Warhol. Appreciated by both the art cognoscenti and the public, Basquiat was launched into international stardom. However, soon his cult status began to override the art that had made him famous in the first place.
Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this definitive documentary but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while minimalist, conceptual art was the fad; and as a successful black artist, he was constantly confronted by racism and misconceptions.
Much can be gleaned from insider interviews and archival footage, but it is Basquiat's own words and work that powerfully convey the mystique and allure of both the artist and the man.
Cutie and the Boxer (2013)
In New York City in 1969, 19-year-old art student Noriko fell in love with 41-year-old avant-garde artist Ushio Shinohara and put her career on hold to marry and support this rising star of the Manhattan art world.
But 40 years later and still struggling, Ushio remains consumed with reinforcing his legacy via his 'boxing' paintings. Meanwhile, Noriko is now finding her own creative voice through a series of drawings entitled ‘Cutie and Bullie’ that depict their chaotic relationship and the transforming roles of assistant and artist.
Masterfully directed by Zachary Heinzerling, Cutie and the Boxer is a powerful and poignant documentary about creativity, sacrifice, and a love that is its own unique work of art.