My Kid Could Paint That Reviews
oh and the lady that bought 'ocean' is a dumbass! never buy a painting unless you absolutly love it! geez!
People need to understand that the reason abstract art is not considered dumb, is because it isn't trying to be something unoriginal and useless, like the gallery owner's photorealism. With that said, it is evident that the paintings which people liked were just copies of Kandinsky, Pollock etc. No one would care about those paintings if they were done by an adult becuase the banality is so obvious but if a kid does work like kandinsky ohhh it must be legitimate because a kid is incapable of understanding and mimicking beautiful art.
The fact that the two videos of her paintings showed her paintings the same way in the same style reveals that in no way could she be responsible for the prolific and expressive output of art which made her famous. And on the "ocean" paintings I wouldn't doubt if the kid was being told exactly what to do by the dad who was filming her girl, who apparently cant paint when people are filming her? On the better paintings it is obvious the father, or anyone for that matter, did them physically. The mark quality is just so different.
I had not even seen the documentary and I knew this was bs. It is impossible for a kid to create legitimate abstract art that is masterful and thematic because it is a kid, isn't that obvious. What the hell could a 4 year old express? Her trip to the water park? It will be clear a decade from now when Marla is attending community college and contemplating suicide because her parents used her as a front for as Welles would say "trickery and fraud."
The only argument against is one that would detail that the parents could not be that stupid to think they could get away with this, now or many years from now. They would have to then convince their kid, who would have developed a mind by then and realized what her parents have done to her life, to also play along. Right.
As a documentary though it is good, lucky. It isn't remarkable if you want a remarkable documentary on art then watch "F for Fake."
The films director misses his opportunity to discuss in depth conflicting notions of authenticity and artistic merit or the worrying amorality of the dissecting media gaze that the family is subject to. Instead the creator glosses over these elements and plays a shallow self reflexive card whereby he attempts to assuage his own guilt for befriending the family and ultimately calling them liars.
Ultimately I feel that the parents have become somewhat trapped in a lie, whereby although the father did influence the creation of the paintings, they are forced to pretend otherwise for fear of ridicule at the hands of the population of the world. The idea that artistiuc genius is some kind of abstract, essential truth which is only ever corrupted by influence from the world seems totally absurd to me but it seems to be this concept that is absolutely pivotal in this whole scandal.