A documentary that follows the Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic as she prepares for a retrospective of her work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the biggest show of her career.
The Serbian artist's first full retrospective in New York is the framing device for this deceptively profound documentary about the impact of art as a shared experience. Having made her name working at the more avant-garde
end of performance pieces in the ’60s and ’70s, Marina Abramovic is now the grande dame
of the form and no longer its enfant terrible
. Pretentious it may be, but her work does have value, and in a time of reality TV and talent shows it’s great to see that there’s still an audience for such abstract and yet strangely compelling stuff.
A little pretentious maybe, but then you've got to wonder at a woman who could sit motionless in a wooden chair, eight hours a day for three months.
Reviewed by Damon Wise