How to Draw a Bunny (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

How to Draw a Bunny (2004)

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The story of the life of artist Ray Johnson is cloaked in mystery not only at the moment of his death, but also throughout a career that was difficult to know and to understand. As one of the seminal figures in the Pop Art era, Johnson is known as "the founding father of mail art" and as a "collagist extraordinaire." But, overshadowed by those like Warhol who manipulated that world in a very dissimilar manner, he was also a reclusive and sometimes enigmatic figure who has been called "New York's most famous unknown artist," but who challenged the commercial and critical establishment.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts
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Studio:
Palm Pictures

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Critic Reviews for How to Draw a Bunny

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (10)

A coherent statement of mystery at the beginning and a resolution of that mystery at the end don't make up for the general repetition and tedium in between.

June 11, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Worth seeing, especially for anyone interested in American art history.

Full Review… | June 3, 2004
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Serves as worthy tribute to a true original, an 'artist's artist' for whom life itself was a singular mode of expression.

Full Review… | April 30, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Cumulatively [Johnson's] collages, letters and performances -- and his legend -- compose a self-portrait of striking wryness and complexity.

Full Review… | April 9, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A not-always-engaging look at the strange life of Pop artist Ray Johnson.

March 16, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A seamless model of form and content.

March 11, 2004
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for How to Draw a Bunny

½

Ray Johnson made art, he did his thing, he had a creative surplus of ideas flowing in his noggin, he wasn't focused on fame or money, he found joy in expressing himself in mostly unlucrative mediums. He had a lot of personality, he carried himself as a wonder. This documentary covers all that, pulling dead talent out of obscurity, for a collage artist reborn from the ashes of infamy, featuring this, that and Warhol, during the pop art days in New York.

Sabra Embury
Sabra Embury

While the work of Ray Johnson seems very interesting, and his death enigmatic, I'm having trouble making it through this documentary. The thing is, Johnson was so reclusive and enigmatic, that nobody has much to offer about him other than variations of "I didn't really know the guy but he sent me this really cool postcard once." I think I would be better served with a book of his artwork than this so-far static documentary.

Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz
Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

Limited audience biopic. To the extent anything about abstract artist Ray Johnson lends itself to the description "straight-forward", "How to Draw a Bunny" is a straight-forward documentary about the man's life. The films spends some time on building mystery over Johnson's eventual suicide at 62 but the mystery turns out to be a little less surprising than the ending of "Titanic". Otherwise the documentary traces Johnson's life from childhood through the growth of his reputation in the abstract art community presenting mostly unknown contemporaries with the exception of Christo and his wife Jean-Claude. These friends, fellow artists and others can give little insight into understanding Johnson's remote collages or his unusual behavior. Ultimately, whether you enjoy the film depends on whether you find an interest in Johnson 's art and life which limits the audience for the film severely.

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