Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time (2002)
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Critic Reviews for Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time
A beautiful, probing art documentary.
Most of Goldsworthy's work is impermanent, but Rivers and Tides captures, permanently, both the art and the artist, showing us a creative, productive life in the process of being well-lived.
The artistry of Thomas Riedelsheimer's film perfectly compliments Goldsworthy's art.
[Goldsworthy's] art is meant to be evanescent, like the nature he reveres. We are privileged to see it documented by the filmmaker's camera.
Mr. Goldsworthy's work is meant to be photographed -- 'photography is the way that I talk about my sculptures,' he says -- and Mr. Riedelsheimer rises to the occasion.
Audience Reviews for Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working With Time
In understanding the art behind Goldsworthy, one must enter the realm between nature and artistic fiction. If you are visionary enough, you might just find out that this realm is something worth capturing
This is the most hilariously overrated film I’ve seen in recent memory. It made me laugh harder than Superbad. And the piles of lavishing praise shown in these reviews take me to an extremely cynical place with the epiphany that Art is truly a minor part of peoples’ lives. Even professional film critics (paired with the “user comments” of gullible civilians like/unlike yours truly) reserve a small window for the seeming “fine” arts, and whatever cow patty splats at their feet conveniently gets awarded the quota. To be ironic and yet truthful, I highly recommend this film for some of the funniest moments in cinematic history. You will be cheering for Andy’s little nature puzzles to collapse by the first quarter-hour, and when they do, it’s devilish fun.
[font=Century Gothic][color=sienna]"Rivers and Tides" is an interesting, low-key documentary about Andy Goldsworthy, a Scottish sculptor who works in nature while using material that he finds. The documentary captures his working at home in rural Scotland and abroad in Nova Scotia, New York and France. Goldsworthy is not sure what his sculptures will turn out due to the very unpredictability of what he is working with. Some of them are designed to be carried away by the rivers and tides. Thus, he illustrates how nature is ephemeral. It's very different seeing artwork that is not permanent and hanging in a museum.(I was thinking about the temporary paintings that were created only for "The Mystery of Picasso.") Goldsworthy captures these temporary sculptures by photographing them. [/color][/font]
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