Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present (2012)

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Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining what art is for nearly forty years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits--and at times risking her life in the process--she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us. Through her and with her, boundaries are crossed, consciousness expanded, and art as we know it is reborn. She is, quite simply, one of the most compelling artists of our time. -- (C) Music Box … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
Directed By: ,
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 16, 2012
Box Office: $86.2k
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (17)

"She's never not performing," says one friend. And the documentary, "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present," confirms it.

Full Review… | September 6, 2012
Boston Globe
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Briskly edited and brightly shot.

Full Review… | August 8, 2012
The New Republic
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In place of evenhandedness, the film gives us a full sense of a personality and intelligence so riveting that we begin to comprehend why all those hundreds of thousands lined up at the MoMA.

Full Review… | July 6, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
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Abramovic is raw and likeable, if mostly inscrutable.

Full Review… | July 5, 2012
Time Out
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The film's centerpiece is the retrospective devoted to Abramovic at the Museum of Modern Art in the spring of 2010.

Full Review… | June 15, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
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The film goes a long way to establish the intellectual seriousness and dedication involved in her ambitious series of art stunts.

Full Review… | June 15, 2012
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present

A fascinating and surprisingly moving documentary that not only gives insight into the work of an artist of immense charisma and magnetic presence, but shows a lot about a challenging Art form that is not duly appreciated and the intrinsic transforming power of Art.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalh„es

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As humans, we have a tendency to laugh at things we do not understand. Top of that list is performance art. So, it is a good thing that the documentary "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present" has come along to make sense of it in general. The subject is Marina Abramovic, the so-called 'grandmother of performance art' as she is receiving a career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art where young artists after participating in a three day artists' boot camp at her home in the Hudson Valley recreate some of her pieces. As far as Ms. Abramovic goes, she sits still in a chair for hours, allowing herself to be a 'mirror' to those sitting across from her, including one possibly recognizable actor looking for tips. That same sense of reflection can be extended to Fox News commentators who seem to be in serious need of smelling salts when discussing the nudity in her work.

Throughout her career, Abramovic has used her body as a canvas which might possibly shock some. Otherwise, her work reminds me a little of the work of Pina Bausch in being about the relationship between the genders which unlike the cheorographer is more about moving as little as possible. Well, except for the epic piece she did that involved the Great Wall of China. Who knows what the Chinese authorities thought of that?

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Walter M.

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