Hi fellow auteurs,
At the last Rotterdam Film festival I was surprised at the amount of feature films made by artists turned film-makers. Shirin Neshat was an obvious example but also Pipiloti Rist. Sam Taylor-Wood recently made a movie following in the footsteps of British artists Steve Mqueen and Tracey Emin (Top Spot).
I was wondering if this is a new trend or if anybody knows any acclaimed artists/painters turned filmmakers from the past?
I can only think of a few coming from the New York art scene of the 80’s who became directors in the 90’s:
Cindy Sherman made The Office Killer, Robert Longo made Johnny Mnemonic and Julian Schnabel of course. It’s almost as if one artist starts in a certain scene, others follow.
The obvious follow up question is: Is it a succesfull transition? In the case of Longo and Sherman it probably wasn’t.
Schnabel and Longo’s Neo-Expressionist comrade David Salle also made a feature film, Search and Destroy. in 1995. Derek Jarman is, of course, an excellent example of a painter turned director.
David Lynch perhaps…
Is Greenaway an acclaimed painter?
I liked the two films I’ve seen by him……….
Pasolini painted though most of the acclaim he received was for his writing.
Kurosawa started out as a painter I believe.
Along with all mentioned Gus Van Sant and Agnès Varda. There are many, many, many. But I agree, recently it seems there has been a large shift towards film.
Charles and Ray Eames
Italian director Matteo Garrone was a painter until he began his career as a filmmaker.
Fritz Lang went to art school to become a painter, but I don’t know how “acclaimed” he was.
As a young man John Ford studied painting.